Thursday, November 17, 2005

Truck Sets Off Fire???

Many of us have seen Charlie Morecraft present on his tragic injury from a refinery explosion and fire. Charlie believes the ignition source at Exxon Bayway was a truck, his truck, left running.

This early account of the BP Texas City explosion also implicates an internal combustion engine.

Probably someone ought to test this theory, that is, figure out if the temperature of the outside of engine and exhaust surfaces can ignite vapors. If it can while running, how long does it take to cool down so it won't.


March 31, 2005, 11:27AM

Witnesses saw gas eruption before blast

Liquid and vapor may have been touched off by car engine or other ground source

By TOM FOWLER, DINA CAPPIELLO and KEVIN MORANCopyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

A geyser of liquid and vapor shot out of a 100-foot-tall ventilation tower at BP's Texas City refinery just seconds before an explosion last week that killed 15 people.

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