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#46 jwjw1

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:59

reports are saying that some 60 are still unaccounted for.... a blast of that magnitude/heat can turn bodies into mist vapor.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 05:27

reports are saying that some 60 are still unaccounted for.... a blast of that magnitude/heat can turn bodies into mist vapor.


It's crazy to watch that video, and realize that at the beginning of that 50 second clip, there are living, breathing human beings just like us in there just trying to do their job and minimize damage, and by the end of it they're all dead.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:34

Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight



http://www.bloomberg...-oversight.html


The Texas plant that was the scene of a deadly explosion this week was last inspected by theOccupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985. The risk plan it filed with regulators listed no flammable chemicals.



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 23:12

Texas fertilizer company didn't heed disclosure rules before blast


http://www.reuters.c...E93J09N20130420


The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:32

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


The two final PEPCON explosions totaled 2.7 kilotons of TNT blast equivalence, with each being slightly more powerful than West. Hiroshima's Little Boy nuke was 16 kilotons.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 13:54

Firefighters, paramedics, cops have been known to commit arson etc. then respond as a way to become a "hero."

http://m.washingtonp...f0ea_story.html

AUSTIN — Hours after a paramedic in West, Tex., was taken into federal custody on Friday for unlawful possession of a “destructive device,” the Texas Department of Public Safety and the McLennan County sheriff said they are launching a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion there last month that killed 14 people.

But officials declined to draw a link between the arrest of the paramedic, 31-year-old Bryce Reed, and the disaster.

“At this time authorities will not speculate whether the possession of the unregistered destructive device has any connection to the West fertilizer plant explosion,” a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Reed remains in custody in Waco, Tex., officials said, pending a detention hearing Wednesday. If convicted, Reed faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

According to the federal complaint, McLennan County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the nearby town of Abbott on Thursday, where they found “an assortment of bomb-making components” that the resident had “unwittingly” been given by Reed on April 26, nine days after the explosion.

The affidavit filed with the complaint said the components included a galvanized metal pipe, a hobby fuse, a lighter and several pounds of chemical powders — ingredients for a pipe bomb.

State and county officials did not mention Reed in announcing their investigation.

“The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled — they deserve nothing less,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said in a news release.
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 04:08

That's just really sad that he would do something like that to be a hero.