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#31 mudslag

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 23:13

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



The plant was there first but they could still have had regulations stating those other places couldn't be built so close


#32 2xSilverKnight

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 23:16

The plant was there first but they could still have had regulations stating those other places couldn't be built so close


Either way, that was my point.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 23:19

I understand, it was stupid to build so close

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 23:40

So was this an accident or a fire started by terrorists not been following it?

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:04

Appears accidental. When there are fires near ammonium nitrate bad things can happen.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:07

I just keep hoping that it will stay an accident.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:08

So it was anhydrous ammonia... Might as well have been a TNT factory in a built-up area.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:17

Similar to the PEPCON disaster in Nevada in 1988. They produced ammonium perchlorate used in solid fuel rocket boosters as an oxidizer. http://en.wikipedia....PEPCON_disaster



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:29

A group of heartless murderers who killed 3 and injured over 170.
A group of negligent manslaughterers responsible for the death of as many as 35 and injuries to around 160.

Who is worse?
Discuss.

#40 trag3dy

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:33

1) How do you know it was a group? Besides that it has nothing to do with this thread.
2) How do you know it was caused by some one, accidental or otherwise? It could have just been machinery malfunction that started it all.

I don't see any need to discuss it further in this particular thread.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:49

1) How do you know it was a group? Besides that it has nothing to do with this thread.
2) How do you know it was caused by some one, accidental or otherwise? It could have just been machinery malfunction that started it all.

I don't see any need to discuss it further in this particular thread.


Wasn't actually expecting a discussion - they are indeed unrelated - I just thought the numbers were interesting.

That plant is an inherently unsafe place and thus requires extremely stringent safety protocols. Barring a freak accident, someone could well find themselves in a lot of trouble once more information about the cause of the explosion is uncovered.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:28

Of note, this guy was at both the Boston Marathon, and close enough to see the Texas explosion.

Survived both with no harm. Stay either very far away from this man, or very close.

http://gawker.com/59...-and-waco-blast

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:19

Appears accidental. When there are fires near ammonium nitrate bad things can happen.


Doc, you have a talent for understatement! :p

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 03:01

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


Well, I guess at the time nothing bad had ever happened so they figured nothing probably ever would. I bet they reconsider that now.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:52

Somebody just posted this video on Facebook from a slightly further distance than the first video shared, and in this one you can clearly see that prior to the explosion, rescue workers and firefighters are already on the scene fighting the fire, and then once the explosion happens I guess it took their truck and everything with it because you don't see their flashing lights any more. Really quite sad. I haven't gone looking for a YouTube link yet, so here's where I saw it.

Warning, some language may be NSFW.

https://www.facebook...151444935809601