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WA: Balloons filled with welding gas explode in pickup on I-405
KING TV Seattle ^ | 7/4/2010

Posted on 07/04/2010 11:35:40 AM PDT by llevrok

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Homemade fireworks caused an explosion inside a vehicle on Interstate 405 in Kirkland on Saturday.

The Washington State Patrol says a man filled some balloons with welding gas - a combination of oxygen and acetylene gas - which is normally stored in steel cylinders.

They rubbed together, causing static electricity, and exploded. Troopers say the blast blew out the back window of the pickup truck.

They say the man, woman and 3-year-old girl in the vehicle are lucky they were not injured or even killed in the blast.

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To: pingman
I had the benefit of a cylinder of helium on the property... one balloon got inflated with helium gas for lift, another inflated with a mixture of oxygen and acetylene. Tied the 2 balloons together, then tied a long cotton string to the acetlyene/oxygen filled one. Coated the cotton string with grease and then a little diesel fuel.

"Hold my beer and watch this", was mentioned at the time of lighting the fuse/liftoff.

By timing the flash to the arrival of the sound, and estimating the angle of elevation... I've had some go to 1500 feet and 2.5 miles (horizontal distance) away before blowing. The explosion was LOUD at 2.5 miles away... I can only imagine what it was like directly below the explosion.

If I did this today, I'd imagine I'd be waterboarded.

61 posted on 07/04/2010 10:29:21 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: mylife

Sounds like a Darwin award candidate.

62 posted on 07/04/2010 10:58:42 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This proves the point that dumb people are everywhere...and not just in the South!

But...boy howdy...I could see this going down in any state in the South! lol

63 posted on 07/05/2010 12:07:11 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: dixiechick2000

Stupidity knows no borders.

64 posted on 07/05/2010 1:02:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Rodamala

And rightfully so! /sarc

65 posted on 07/05/2010 4:47:25 AM PDT by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: Bacon Man; Hap

I seem to recall filling glass bottles with calcium carbide rocks, catching the fumes (acetylene?) in balloons, putting the balloons in a big paper bag, taking the bag to Mom’s school dumpster and lighting it ... I mean, um, wow, what a dream I had!

66 posted on 07/05/2010 5:39:54 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: Xenalyte; Hap

Good imaginary times.

67 posted on 07/05/2010 12:18:48 PM PDT by Bacon Man (Bacon cures hangovers)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner


68 posted on 07/05/2010 2:09:08 PM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: RikaStrom

Did you ever get your hearing back?


69 posted on 07/05/2010 2:18:07 PM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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