Soooo........Does anyone know what started the fire and explosion in Texas?
Not a cause. But swift action probably saved a lot of lives.
...The events of Wednesday night started around 7:30 p.m. with a fire at the fertilizer plant. Almost immediately, homes, businesses and more than 130 nursing home residents were evacuated. Less than 30 minutes after the initial fire, the explosion happened...
No, but they asked that they not receive any more help right now...their “cup runneth over.” They hav been overwhelmed with with supplies, clothes, etc.....all from Texans, BTW.
I’ve been wondering this myself. My fear is the firm was storing or keeping petroleum fuel in proximity to ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Even a small leak will create a devastating blast. I think this has been specifically illegal since the aftermath of the Texas City blast in 1947.
The fire, no. The explosion was the ammonia system.
We probably won’t know the suspected cause for a while since, unless there is a very obvious origin and cause, these types of investigations take a long time, mostly because of the damage that occurs. At any rate, the newspapers don’t seem to be interested on reporting the causes of past fires and explosions unless there’s some juicy scandal attached to it. We’ll probably have to wait until FEMA releases it’s report (probably a year from now) or until someone writes about it in a fertilzer/chemical industry or first responder journal.
You are on the wrong thread, FRiend.