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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Holy crap. Any word on what started the fire? Was this an accident?

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Parkland here in Dallas is one of the number one burn centers in the country. It is also a level one trauma center.

    Driving Waco / West is about 90 minutes away. By helicopter I'm not sure what the time would be. I'm sure Parkland will send a news alert on facebook or something.
    Helo, full throttle which is usually 140-175 probably going to be around 10-20 minutes by my very rough estimate because it's an unimpeded flight, but I'm not a pilot so not exactly sure.
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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I was relieved when there were no headlines saying there were deaths, and then I clicked on links reporting that there were confirmed deaths (with no numbers), and then the relief went away completely and then...well.....still....Jesus Christ.
    for what it is worth i also posted that on facebook. and yeah i live around here.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    An additional concern is that this plant had twin 12,000 gallon tanks of anhydrous (without water) ammonia under high pressure. When released into the atmosphere, NH3 causes severe dehydration and burns in humans as it reacts to water in the body. Body tissues that contain a high percentage of water, such as the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, are very easily burned. The standard Hazmat response is immediate treatment with large quantities of water to minimize the damage.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    They started out calling it a crime scene, and I think the reason is because these places usually have massive safety programs. They house the constuent materials in separate facilities that have their own safety requirements. So the police initially assume wrong doing until proven an accident. It also serves to secure and preserve the scene of the accident and the evidence.
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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    An additional concern is that this plant had twin 12,000 gallon tanks of anhydrous (without water) ammonia under high pressure. When released into the atmosphere, NH3 causes severe dehydration and burns in humans as it reacts to water in the body. Body tissues that contain a high percentage of water, such as the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, are very easily burned. The standard Hazmat response is immediate treatment with large quantities of water to minimize the damage.
    The air quality had returned to normal as of this morning. (wind blowing pretty stiff all night and a thunderstorm passing through as a I type)

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Holy crap. Any word on what started the fire? Was this an accident?

    So far it doesn't look like any kind of attack, but after all that's happened, who knows.


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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    They started out calling it a crime scene, and I think the reason is because these places usually have massive safety programs. They house the constuent materials in separate facilities that have their own safety requirements. So the police initially assume wrong doing until proven an accident. It also serves to secure and preserve the scene of the accident and the evidence.

    I havent heard that. Is there more to that story? I'd like to read about it.

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    Re: Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

    Looking around the news stories, 5-15 reported fatalities, but they are missing three first responders. 180 are in hospitals, 16 of them in critical condition. So sad. And they have to deal with the ammonia in the air and the damage that will cause.

    What I can't believe though, there is looting going on. What the heck? The authorities say there are unidentified people in the area.
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