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Man killed by beer keg explosion
Canoe ^ | October 23, 2006

Posted on 10/23/2006 11:11:14 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Investigators were trying to determine who tossed a beer keg into a burning barrel at a party, causing a deadly explosion that sent metal shards slicing through a crowd of people, police said.

The explosion early Sunday killed Sean Caselli, 22, of New Milford. Seven other people were taken to hospitals with burns and shrapnel wounds, police said. Caselli was struck in the neck by a piece of flying metal.

Police Sgt. Lee Grabner said investigators interviewed witnesses Sunday to try to identify the person who threw a quarter-keg of beer into the flames, and to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

Fires had been set in several barrels to keep people warm at the outdoor party in western Connecticut, said Police Captain Michael Mrazik.

"This is a certain tragedy," said Police Chief Colin McCormack. "However, nothing I have been apprised of to this point in this investigation, which I caution is at the very early states, indicates a deliberate act on anyone's part."


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To: andy58-in-nh

I thought you were Flounder:)


51 posted on 10/23/2006 11:32:23 AM PDT by sticker
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To: dirtboy

Indeed. He died abusing alcohol.


52 posted on 10/23/2006 11:32:25 AM PDT by kawaii
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To: andy58-in-nh

It was only 3 dates.


53 posted on 10/23/2006 11:32:30 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Texans have a safety rule for such actions that radically lowers the danger of carnage. Immediately proceeding any idiotic act, a Texan will always exclaim, "Hey, Y'all watch this!"

This is a signal for everyone within 100 feet to dive for cover. Yankees would do well to use this warning before any such future endeavors.


54 posted on 10/23/2006 11:32:41 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (...ON 11/7, YOU ARE EITHER WITH US, OR WITH THE DEMOCRATS...)
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To: SteveMcKing
I wonder why the tap didn't blow first and release the pressure?

I wondered that too. The warning on the top of a keg I have says it will rupture above 60 psi. Maybe the temperature rise and pressure increased too fast and the thing just failed.

55 posted on 10/23/2006 11:34:29 AM PDT by steveo (ADVERTISEMENT)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

"We used to toss cans of WD-40 into the campfire. They make a nice mushroom cloud fireball when they go off".



Not any more, they took the propane out and started using
CO2 for propellant. Too many folks were using WD40 for spudguns.


56 posted on 10/23/2006 11:35:40 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, BUAIDH NO BAS)
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To: dc27

Boyle's Law meets Darwin's theory......


57 posted on 10/23/2006 11:35:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE DE-FOLEY-ATED...............................)
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To: Toby06
"So this couldn't happen in a "red" state? That's not very good logic, son."

I wasn't attempting logic. I was being sarcastic.
58 posted on 10/23/2006 11:35:43 AM PDT by avacado
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To: ElkGroveDan; E. Pluribus Unum
We used to do this with empty hairspray cans with a volume of 16 oz. I can only imagine what an 11 gallon container would do, but it would be nasty.

*******

One of my wife's asthma inhalers once inadvertently wound up in the fireplace. It took off like a mortar. I thank God no one was in front of the fireplace when it punched a hole through the screen and smacked the opposite wall.

Are you guys familiar with those small CO2 ampules used in pellet rifles? On a camping trip back in the Spring of 1984, we'd built a huge bonfire. It must've been ten feet in diameter, with flames five or six feet high.

My cousin noticed the "DO NOT INCINERATE" warning on the box, and I took the dare. I tossed one of those into the heart of that fire and we both dove for cover behind nearby trees. About five seconds after landing in the embers, the ampule ruptured with a deafening report.

All that carbon dioxide also snuffed the fire out in an instant, like flicking a switch. All that remained was a fountain of ash and glowing embers, which rained back down on us, starting little fires which we spent fifteen minutes extinguishing. We also laughed ourselves weak.

We'd been drinking beer, too - but we were still smart enough to pull that stunt only when we were the only people around, AND could find sufficient cover.

59 posted on 10/23/2006 11:37:04 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Toby06
So this couldn't happen in a "red" state? That's not very good logic, son.

No kiddin.

I must have lost my sense of humor over time, there is a dead person and a whole bunch of injured people because one person was careless or stupid. What a hoot. < /sarcasm>

60 posted on 10/23/2006 11:38:27 AM PDT by Protagoras (Billy only tried to kill Bin Laden, he actually succeeded with Ron Brown and Vince Foster.)
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To: Toby06
We're going to have to cut off your supply of Freerepublic, you obviously had way too much.
61 posted on 10/23/2006 11:40:34 AM PDT by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: dc27
Boyle's Law

Had the top been removed from the keg prior to it being placed in the fire, it might have been boil's law. ;)

62 posted on 10/23/2006 11:41:10 AM PDT by meyer (A vote for amnesty is a vote against America.)
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To: Toby06

I didn't know that Angie had her own newspaper.


63 posted on 10/23/2006 11:41:15 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: absolootezer0

never let someone throw a can of tuna in the fire if your tent is nearby


64 posted on 10/23/2006 11:42:13 AM PDT by zeke15
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To: Toby06

Fawn Lebowitz!


65 posted on 10/23/2006 11:42:51 AM PDT by meyer (A vote for amnesty is a vote against America.)
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To: cjshapi

"Taps" will be played at the funeral...


66 posted on 10/23/2006 11:43:04 AM PDT by Junior (Losing faith in humanity one person at a time.)
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To: avacado

LOL, good.


67 posted on 10/23/2006 11:47:24 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: SteveMcKing
Myth Busters once tested some pressurized gas containers (they shot them with rifles). Turns out that they rarely explode - instead they become rockets and bounce all over the place as the gas jets out.

Me and my brother once painted a room in psychedelic fashion by shooting paint cans with a .22 through a crack in the door.
"Hey man watch this"
68 posted on 10/23/2006 11:47:36 AM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (I'm your huckleberry)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

I saw a guy toss a can of white spray paint into a fire once. When it went off, a pickup truck parked near the fire got a pretty good coating of white paint droplets all over the outer bed on the driver's side (the truck was not white, BTW). The paint-tosser got a pretty good ass kicking for that.


69 posted on 10/23/2006 11:47:54 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: Squawk 8888

"...Fireball! Fireball! Fireball! Fireball! Fireball!..."


70 posted on 10/23/2006 11:48:12 AM PDT by RichInOC (...Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Rho '87..."It seemed like a good idea at the time.")
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To: Herakles
We're going to have to cut off your supply of Freerepublic, you obviously had way too much.

NO!!!!!!!!!!!

I just got off a 3-day break.

71 posted on 10/23/2006 11:48:39 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: SteveMcKing
Well, once a not-quite empty oxygen cylinder [steel, full size cylinder] ended up in a fire- some wood was piled around it and ignited. There was a nice small crater left, and one half of that cylinder was later found about 300 yards distant. Second half mysteriously dissipated, after its shards passed through a couple of idiots in the immediate vicinity of that fire.
72 posted on 10/23/2006 11:49:21 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: andy58-in-nh
I read the headline was "Sophomore Dies in Kiln Explosion" (Fawn Liebowitz).

That minx! She was going to make a pot for me.

73 posted on 10/23/2006 11:49:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Squawk 8888

While the headline brings some obvious jokes to mind, the article itself removes any attempts I may have made at humor. A young man is dead, and seven others were seriously injured with burns and shrapnel. Prayers for the family and friends of them all. If that son was my son, I do believe I'd be very angry at anyone who thought this was funny.


74 posted on 10/23/2006 11:49:59 AM PDT by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: Squawk 8888

They probably had warning when the concave parts expanded out - still , surprised there is not a pressure relief system on those - must of blown like the old time boilers.


75 posted on 10/23/2006 11:50:35 AM PDT by spanalot
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To: Squawk 8888
What a waste of beer. Unless it was Budweiser.

Still....I feel bad for the kid's family.

76 posted on 10/23/2006 11:50:35 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Mathemeticians are machines that turn coffee into theorems.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

There was a salvage store that used to sell spraypaint mix & match for a dime a can. That made awesome .22 targets, but I never tried it inside.


77 posted on 10/23/2006 11:50:39 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Junior

That was bad!


78 posted on 10/23/2006 11:51:41 AM PDT by cjshapi (Proudly posting without a tagline since 2001)
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To: zeke15
never let someone throw a can of tuna in the fire if your tent is nearby

Especially in bear country.

79 posted on 10/23/2006 11:52:16 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Al Gator

Are you sure it wasn't an ILLEGAL ALIEN?


80 posted on 10/23/2006 11:52:38 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Junior

Thankfully I had my FR-licensed snort-guard over my monitor & keyboard, but the plans on my desk got doused with Mt. Dew.


81 posted on 10/23/2006 11:53:21 AM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Me too.

But I have some physical scars from other acts of alcohol-fuelled stupidity.


82 posted on 10/23/2006 11:54:23 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
We used to toss cans of WD-40 into the campfire. They make a nice mushroom cloud fireball when they go off.

Children, don't try this at home.

83 posted on 10/23/2006 11:57:03 AM PDT by Elyse
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To: SteveMcKing
I wonder why the tap didn't blow first and release the pressure?

Because the valve was sturdier than the keg.

I guess heating them is rather different

Heating is rather different, because it causes a rupture by greatly increasing the pressure in the keg (it also weakens the metal somewhat). Shooting simply makes a hole. A heated container has a great deal more energy to dissipate.

84 posted on 10/23/2006 12:01:21 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Not any more, they took the propane out and started using CO2 for propellant. Too many folks were using WD40 for spudguns.

WD40 is, itself, highly flammable. CO2 ain't got much to do with it.

85 posted on 10/23/2006 12:03:54 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Squawk 8888

Great way to go. I hope he had a bit first. sarc.


86 posted on 10/23/2006 12:05:41 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Squawk 8888

This is not the first time I have heard of a such an incident. Another article a couple of years ago, perhaps posted on FR, told of another poor soul who died after throwing a beer keg in a campfire.


87 posted on 10/23/2006 12:07:46 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hairspray contains flammable propellant, beer kegs simply rupture violently from steam.


88 posted on 10/23/2006 12:08:15 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I've thrown away three cans in the last year because the propellant bled off while sitting on the shelf.


89 posted on 10/23/2006 12:11:28 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer
"Hairspray contains flammable propellant, beer kegs simply rupture violently from steam."

The propellant would not ignite until the can ruptured because there is no oxygen in the can for combustion while the can is sealed.

The can ruptured due to the Ideal Gas Law (PV = nRT), just like the keg.

90 posted on 10/23/2006 12:12:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I never said what you suggest; the rupture releases the flammable liquid and a flame front results with hairspray, which adds to the spectacle.


91 posted on 10/23/2006 12:16:55 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer
I never said what you suggest; the rupture releases the flammable liquid and a flame front results with hairspray, which adds to the spectacle.

The spectacle isn't what killed the bystander. The explosion did.

92 posted on 10/23/2006 12:21:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: 3niner
"Because the valve was sturdier than the keg."

What I meant to ask is whether that's standard.

A safety valve would have been nice.... But then, placing a keg in a fire really is "non-standard" as well.

93 posted on 10/23/2006 12:22:15 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Toby06
I stand corrected. Do you mind if we dance wit' yo' dates?
94 posted on 10/23/2006 12:38:23 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: windcliff

ping


95 posted on 10/23/2006 12:55:33 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Toby06

I was just about to ping you to see if you were OK!!!


96 posted on 10/23/2006 12:56:17 PM PDT by najida (The internet is for kids grown up-- Where else could you have 10,000 imaginary friends?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A piece of shrapnel; explosions are usually accompanied by fire and beer doesn't burn that well.

Heat a can of beer and a can of spraypaint on the same burner and see which one "explodes" first.


97 posted on 10/23/2006 12:58:35 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: najida

ROFL!!! I keep my kegs in the kegerator, not in the fire.


98 posted on 10/23/2006 12:59:27 PM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Why, no, not at all. Go right ahead.


99 posted on 10/23/2006 1:02:14 PM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Toby06

Otis - my man!!!


100 posted on 10/23/2006 1:04:26 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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