Quicklime reacts with water in an exothermic reaction. The product is slaked lime (calcium hydroxide).
The equation for the reaction is
CaO(s) + H₂O(l) ⇌ Ca(OH)₂(aq); ##ΔH_(rxn)## = −63.7 kJ/mol
The large amount of heat produced causes local boiling as the particles react. The steam bubbles are the water vapour that forms.
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