What happens when a house fire reaches a propane tank

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/28/what-happens-when-a-house-fire-reaches-a-propane-tank.html

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Oh good Lord!

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The scared voice at the end, saying, “I fucking told them!” :scream_cat:

I hope that no one was hurt, and that insurance pays out.

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My son is a firefighter and was the first truck on scene at the recent Bonhomme Richard Navy fire last year. He and his crew were gearing up to go below deck when the first of the fuel tank explosions happened.

He told us that everyone was knocked backwards like they do in the movies. Had they arrived there a few mins sooner I shudder to think what would have happened. Fortunately nobody was injured.

This stuff is no joke.

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I wonder if was a small 20lb cylinder or a big 250 gallon gas pig.

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raw

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That was probably a pretty small one.

A few years back, there was a fire at an auto repair shop down the street from where I was working, and they made us evacuate for about a kilometre around, because that was the estimated blast radius if the big propane tank against the side of the building went off, and it was a 250 gallon tank, and was
just filled the previous day… yay.

Fortunately, they managed to prevent that, and I still had a place to work the next day.

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It explodes?

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Yeah, I agree. A large tank wouldn’t be located so close to the house; this was likely a BBQ grill tank. There is a clear pre-explosion, which was likely the rubberized hose melting through and burning off what was in there before the whole regulator mechanism failed and/or the tank got to the temp at which it fails, likely precipitated by the hose flash off. If it was a household line, I would assume you would only see the flash off of the gas that was in the line or had accumulated if the stove was left on. Household lines are designed specifically to arrest this type of flash before it gets anywhere near the rank.

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What does NSFW even mean anymore? I am technically at work at can watch anything I want to watch.

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That was my brother’s reaction when I sent him a link to the video. :smiley:

@Quinn_Skylark I think that, for many of us, “NSFW” these days, means, “Please adjust your clothing before activating your webcam.”

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Around here we call them “yard bombs.”

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From here out, it’ll be my spouse that tells me what’s NSFH!

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“What happens when a house fire reaches a propane tank?”

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The impression I got from “NSFW remark” was that someone somehow managed to blurt out a pornographic jpeg.

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Not Safe For Wife (Walking in on You)?

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I suspect a lot of people are working from home via some remote log-in setup so are in fact using their employers’ servers and in any event using work equipment.

Looking at naughty stuff on work equipment is just as naughty at home as it is in the office. Big Office is (or at least, might be) watching you.

This has been your regular employment law safety announcement. We now return to our scheduled program.

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That’s why they are called barbeque bombs…

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