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Ununnilium: Did this originate in Doom? That's where I first saw it.

Nirual: Probably. I can't think of any game earlier than the original Doom using them.
Mr Fluffykins: Pulled this:

* Used in Burn Notice, of all places. Justified, in that the barrels were filled with (flammable) water sealant, and Michael was using incendiary rounds fired from a shotgun.

This is a video game trope page, so this is out of context. The justification is also unnecessary.
Lots42 —- San Andreas has exploding barrels? Granted, I haven't finished it but I do not recall a one. GTA: Vice City has ton loads of exploding barrels. Also, the cars explode when hit anywhere with enough bullets. Great way to frag bad guys.