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#16 DocM

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 04:53

^ that **** really exploded, literally.

wow.

Isn't fertilizer used to make many bombs, such as the one used in the Oklahoma City bombing?

Is it explosive by itself or only when combined with other ingredients?

*researching now*


Ammonium nitrate can make most anything made of carbohydrates explode. One great example is ANFO (ammonium nitrate + fuel oil) which is used for blasting in mines, but was also mixed with nitromethane to make the Oklahoma City bomb. Nasty stuff.

Even with nothing else it can detonate, disastrously. Back in 1947 shiploads of AN detonated and leveled major portions of Texas City, Texas. As strong a blast as a small nuke; 2,300 tons of AN just on the one ship. Cause: a small fire.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 04:59

hopefully people rising against Monsanto?

EDIT: wow, i just saw the video posted above, I hope nobody was hurt! That is SO scary.


They're reporting around 70 people dead a little while ago.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:13

CBS is reporting 60 dead so far. After today's erroneous arrest report from the Boston bombing, I don't trust anything CNN reports.

http://www.cbsnews.c...er-plant-blast/

Live video if you're interested. Not sure how long the coverage will last:

http://www.cbsnews.c...ews-live-video/

Sheesh, I am really getting tragedy burnout this week. What the heck else is going to happen? :(

Update - Now the CBS page says "Unknown number killed".

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:43

how an awful news! I lives in texas. waco is south to my area DFW area north up. :(

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:54

What a terrible weak, there is an incident EVERY DAY so far this week.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:59

Yeah. Sometimes life sucks, then it gets worse before getting better. We're really overdue for some good news everyone can agree on

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:09

What a crazy week... :(

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:17

how an awful news! I lives in texas. waco is south to my area DFW area north up. :(


I'm in Abilene, and I swore we had a minor earthquake earlier in the evening. Could've just been me, but I swear, I felt the concrete below my feet shaking...or maybe it was the explosion, but either way, it was weird. I literally felt the ground shake, like it was shaking my boots. Could be related, but then again, maybe it wasn't, I'm not sure either way....still, a scary scenario either way, and I pray for the families this explosion may have affected. Such sad, sad things, happening in our country. Makes me sad. :'(

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:23

I'm in Abilene, and I swore we had a minor earthquake earlier in the evening. Could've just been me, but I swear, I felt the concrete below my feet shaking...or maybe it was the explosion, but either way, it was weird. I literally felt the ground shake, like it was shaking my boots. Could be related, but then again, maybe it wasn't, I'm not sure either way....still, a scary scenario either way, and I pray for the families this explosion may have affected. Such sad, sad things, happening in our country. Makes me sad. :'(


Well they said people 10 miles away got their windows blown out - another report on CNN said it completely gutted a 50 unit apartment complex.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:27

you would be surprised how massive these explosions can be, even simple grain silos are quite well known for their dangers of exploding on scales similar to this. When you have something that is somewhat flammable in a fine powered airborne form like even simple flour, just a small spark can create an explosion on par with a large military bomb.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:34

It's called a fuel-air explosion, or thermobaric explosion. and they can generate overpressure waves greater than a small tactical nuke**. Nasty SOB's.

We had a grain silo explosion near here about 20 years ago that tossed oversize solid concrete blocks almost a mile.

** 1 kiloton nuke air burst is up to 50 psi overpressure. Military fuel-lair explosives can run up to 450 psi, travelling at over 7,000 mph.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:42

When you have something that is somewhat flammable in a fine powered airborne form like even simple flour, just a small spark can create an explosion on par with a large military bomb.


Exactly. Airborne flour can be extremely explosive, let alone fertiliser (a product used in a lot of explosives).

This is a terrible tragedy and hopefully not the result of negligence, criminal or otherwise. The video posted earlier, despite being very low quality, did a good job conveying the scale of the incident. But it serves as an example of how people react to—what appears to be—an accident like this in comparison to a much less deadly deliberate attack like the Boston Marathon Bombing - even relatively small terrorist attacks cause a massive amount of fear and anger, greatly disproportional to the actual risk posed to society.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:20

I'm in Abilene, and I swore we had a minor earthquake earlier in the evening. Could've just been me, but I swear, I felt the concrete below my feet shaking...or maybe it was the explosion, but either way, it was weird. I literally felt the ground shake, like it was shaking my boots. Could be related, but then again, maybe it wasn't, I'm not sure either way....still, a scary scenario either way, and I pray for the families this explosion may have affected. Such sad, sad things, happening in our country. Makes me sad. :'(




They said the blast cause a 2.1 on the Richter scale and could be felt up to 50 miles away.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 21:54

This is why you need zoning restictions

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 22:54

Seriously .... who the ****'s idea was it to have a plant like this near a school, nursing home and the hospital



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