Thank you, Quazi!
that's awful. i wish that guy hadn't taken his kid that close. hopefully they are ok.
as for the hearing loss, i had an antique .22 blow up on me when i was ten, and i was deaf for a day. hearing came back completely, though. hopefully it will for them, too.
in the 1990s, we had a chemical plant blow up many miles from my town, but i still heard the boom, and it was significant. i remember driving home that night and seeing what looked like the setting sun on the wrong horizon. it was eerie.
Still haven't seen one report on how this fire started.
Wow, that explosion looked epic. I can't imagine what it must be like to be in proximity.
Accidents happen.... hopefully however this was started it can be figured out so more technical safety measures can be put into place.
Six firefighters and two EMS among the dead. Sickening.
Two EMS Workers, Six Firefighters Killed In West Explosion « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
There was a fire earlier this year at the fertilizer plant:
West fertilizer plant caused school evacuation earlier in year - WacoTrib.com: Local
This was my explosion experience. Broke my windows.
The PEPCON disaster was an industrial disaster that occurred in Henderson, Nevada on May 4, 1988 at the Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) plant. The chemical fire and subsequent explosions claimed two lives, injured 372 people, and caused an estimated US$100 million of damage. A large portion of the Las Vegas Valley 10 miles (16 km) away was affected, and several agencies activated disaster plans.
It seems the death toll in Texas is lower than the original claims. Yes, even 1 is too many but the number of 60 floating around last night seemed exaggerated to me.
What a difficult year.
In 1976 I was 9 years old, and lived inside the Houston 610 loop.
I vaguely remeber watching the evening local news and seeing people being dragged out of this white cloud just to be confirmed dead seconds later.
A 7000 gallon tanker truck left the 610 loop and fell 20 feet below emptying its entire contents of nearly 100% of Anhydrous Ammonia on to the US 59 underpass.
There are pictures and video on youtube of a large white cloud. People drove through it, pulled over overcome and died.
The only savings grace was that the dewpoint was low that day, as Anhydrous ammonia ( without water) seeks water and on sweaty skin will burn the flesh right off your bones.
Instead it wound up in the lungs of over a hundred people. 75 were hospitalized, 6 died, 178 needed medical treatment.
The tanks at the explosion site containing anhydrous ammonia were a priority, its why first responders stayed on site, cooling the tanks with fire hoses.
IF those tanks ruptured, the tragedy would have been catastrophic. Massive low lying clouds of Anhydrous Amonia moving through that community like a creeping death, instantly attacking the lungs, eyes and nasal passages of everyone in its path.
Last edited by Fenton; 04-19-13 at 10:38 AM.
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