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Chemical plant explodes

#1 Post by OFSO » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:50 pm

Chemical plant south of Tarragona blew up yesterday, man killed inside his apartment three kilometres away when a steel plate weighing over a ton hit the building demolishing it. Authorities said no danger of chemical hazard but everyone for miles told to stay inside with windows and doors shut. Draw your own conclusions.

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#2 Post by llondel » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:57 pm

It was making ethylene oxide. Just the sound of the name made me think it was an 'interesting' substance so I looked it up on Wikipedia and yes, it is. Among other things, it's carcinogenic, an irritant and an anaesthetic, so it will annoy you to sleep and then kill you.

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#3 Post by fin » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:11 pm

llondel wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:57 pm
It was making ethylene oxide. Just the sound of the name made me think it was an 'interesting' substance so I looked it up on Wikipedia and yes, it is. Among other things, it's carcinogenic, an irritant and an anaesthetic, so it will annoy you to sleep and then kill you.
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#4 Post by ribrash » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:19 pm

OFSO wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:50 pm
Chemical plant south of Tarragona blew up yesterday, man killed inside his apartment three kilometres away when a steel plate weighing over a ton hit the building demolishing it. Authorities said no danger of chemical hazard but everyone for miles told to stay inside with windows and doors shut. Draw your own conclusions.
Gosh.How unlucky is that.
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#5 Post by OFSO » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:44 pm

Seeing the photos it looked as if the steel plate shot between two other buildings, quite a narrow gap, and hit an apartment window in a third block where the victim named Sergio was sitting, taking out the beam over the window.

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#6 Post by llondel » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:26 am

When it's time to go, it's time to go. The chap with the scythe will find you somehow.

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#7 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:53 pm

What an unfortunate way to shuffle off this mortal coal.

Sounds like it might have been a bleve!

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Then there was the manhole/metal cover cover that was blasted (allegedly) into space, or not, during a nuclear explosion.

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#8 Post by PHXPhlyer » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:03 pm

New term learnt: bleve

A boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE, /ˈblɛviː/ BLEV-ee) is an explosion caused by the rupture of a vessel containing a pressurized liquid that has reached temperatures above its boiling point.

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