Skip to comments.Explosion in Fort Worth
Posted on 04/23/2007 5:22:42 AM PDT by rahbert
Explosion reported in Fort Worth location unknown. Flames 1000 feet high according to WBAP.
>>Just ask any wingnut who tried to jumpstart his grill with high-test.<<
I don’t know - I heard you can put out matches by putting them in gasoline - it was on the Internet so you knows its true...
I work in the industry. You'd be surprised how often this type of thing happens when contractors hit a line that was not marked or marked properly. Lots of times a backhoe contractor for another utility or project will say "I can see the pipeline markers; I don't need to do a one-call and have to wait 48-hours for someone to mark it." Or if they hit it and it doesn't leak immediately, they cover the dent and go on their way. However, the coating has been damaged and the possibility that a future leak will occur due to corrosion is great. Also, contractors will put a guy on a backhoe that can't speak English well and hasn't been safety trained. When you have buried utilities, you make sure you hand dig anytime you're crossing buried lines.
Sheryl Crow’s head exploded when she learned the facts about global warming.
No that is a good 30 to 45 minute drive from DFW airport, and probably at least 20 miles direct straight line.
Who can blame them? I love a good bonfire.
Isn’t ALGORE in that area visiting Crow and Laurie on their Earth Day bus to green up Algore’s wallet. The bus runs on methane and Algore offered to refuel them from his intestinal gases. Perhaps this was a refueling accident?
I came up I-30 this morning and missed the show.
Here are a couple of links to a gas fire in Chicago in 1998. This fire was fed by a high pressure 24" gas line that was ruptured by construction equipment. It took 30 minutes for the pipeline to shut down and for the residual pressure to escape.
The NG release last Thursday was shooting gas 100' up with a huge gas gas cloud much higher drifting South.
What amazes me is that right before the summer driving season every year, there is always some sort of refinery mishap or pipeline shutdown.......something!
Then gas prices soar. Then next you hear of RECORD profits from the oil and gas companies.
Nope, didn’t work.
That's because it really looks gassy on video, especially at night.
CD, you took the words right out of my mouth. That exact scenario happened about 2 miles down the road from me several months ago. The only difference is, the construction guys knew they hit the line, called the gas company who said nothing registered on their equipment. About 2 hrs later “BOOM!”. My parents were able to see the fireball about 60 miles from the blast site.
Good thing I bought RSNRX in early February, more than offsets the higher energy prices.
This comes pretty close: Video of Devil's Cigarette Lighter
Safety, safety, safety -- That's the catch word to reduce incidents of this type. Transport of flammable liquids by pipeline is the safest method of transport. Imagine if our energy always traveled by truck or train. However, it is always subject to incidents like this for whatever reason. Federal law requires notification before digging or disturbing a buried line. As of this month there is one national number for notification: 811.
Wow, I’d be running away too! High as those flames are though they are not 1,000 feet. I fly a lot and believe me 1,000 feet is pretty high. Can’t really tell about the distance to the flames in the pictures and the angle at which the shots were taken, but I’d guess they are in the 500 to 600 foot range.
500, 600 or 1,000 that’s a lot of flame!
Did you forget a sarcasm tag or are you really that...special?
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Not only an explosion, a hazmat event as well!
Luckily the nearby power station seems unscathed.
“my first though was ‘Why is the sun coming up at 10:00 pm.’
“Mama look a H-bomb!”, ‘dey should
D’ere mudder tell ‘dem “Watch for fallout”
“You-a daddy he know:
was fallout make him ugly so”
Hit ‘de dirt!
Join ‘de crowd!
Mama look, a mushroom cloud!
Hit ‘de dirt!
Join ‘de crowd!
Mama look, a mushroom cloud!” - to de tune of “Mama Look, a Boo-boo”
I think the Bush people are withholding the truth from the American people.
It amazes me that there are people who want to believe in conspiracies rather than exercise their brains.
Do you honestly believe there were no explosions, no fires, no accidents at Texas oil installations prior to the global terrorism threat? Refineries are dangerous, volatile places and accidents, including explosions, happen all the time.
The one mention on ABC radio news said one hundred feet.
Number of refineries and oil processing plants in Ft Worth = ZERO.
Petrochemical plants blow up on a fairly regular basis - they always have. Same thing with train derailments - average of over one a day, last time I looked.
I dont know - I heard you can put out matches by putting them in gasoline - it was on the Internet so you knows its true...
LOL. I would avoid trying to replicate this experiment in an enclosed space.
I thought that maybe Sheryl “Save the Toilet Paper” Crow blew her top.
I like to go down there just to walk around - it’s a fun place
Or it was a disgruntled Mavericks fan after last night’s game.
Thanks, the old man got to Ft Worth with no problems. :o)
That was COOL!
That building is in the 14-story range, which puts the building at a max of 175 feet. Based on the perspective lines shown in the second photo, the flames aren’t much higher than the building... certainly not more than 25% higher than the building. That puts the flames at a max of about 200 feet high.
Classic use of the word “and” to make something seem worse than it is. The narrator says “flames and smoke reached nearly 800 feet in the air.” That could mean flames were 100 feet in the air and smoke was another 700 feet above that. No way to tell how high those flames were, as there was nothing in the footage for scale.
I am not being critical of them, they really have no way of knowing the height, but I find it neat that that’s so often the number they use.
A thousand feet is a lot more than most people realize, especially when it’s a thousand feet up! Very few cities have buildings that tall, most TV towers aren’t much more than that.
I’m sure you’re right. Like you said, 1000 feet is ALOT more than people realize. I just wish the media would be required to take some classes in the difference between specifics, generalities, estimates, ballpark figures, round numbers, accuracy, order of magnitude, etc.
Words have meaning. Numbers have meaning. They should understand those basic things if they are in the communication business. At the least, they could say “I have no idea how high those flames are, but it looks like it’s over 1000 feet to me!” At least that gives the listener the sense that (a) it’s not an accurate number, and (b) “it sure is high!”
Actually they do have training in that sort of thing, and they are dictated to by the style book that the editors are responsible for seeing to it are followed. Wire copy seems to be the bottom of the barrel anymore. I’m not sure anyone even edits the wire stories as they go out. I know for a newspaper there are several levels of editing to make certain everything is kosher from a style standpoint. There’s a lot more attention paid the the details than most readers realize. Most papers even have a weekly or monthly newsroom publication that talks about errors that were allowed to slip through, or better still stories of close calls where a heads-up page designer or copy editor caught an error before it went to press.
"Zillion" may be quantitatively meaningless, but would seem applicable in some situations like this when something is so big its size is not known even within an order of magnitude.
Dang, you must be right, Global warming, that splains it all.
Being a gas fire, there was essentially no visible smoke, just flame. I've seen various figures reported for the height of the Devil's Cigarette Lighter flames: 450 feet, 700 feet, 800 feet.
Red Adair, who put the fire out, reported flames of 700 feet in his film of the blowout. Red Adair's Film of Devil's Cigarette Lighter, Part 1 of 4.
In the film, the flames look quite high in pictures taken one mile or more from the well. However high it was, it was one monster blowout that reportedly melted sand a half mile from the well.
Just trying to point out that the use of the word “and” makes it impossible to tell what A or B really is. Like the pet food recall deaths... when reporters say 10,000 pets have been killed or made sick, it’s impossible to know whether the means 1 dead and 9,999 sick or the other way around.
When the oil well fires were burning in Iraq & Kuwait, I had a friend who was griping about “the Bush administration” awarding no-bid contracts to put out those fires. I had to tell him there are only about 4 companies in the WORLD who have the expertise and equipment and manpower to do that work.
Also people are just flat out frustrated at the absence of terrorist attacks within the US in the last few years - don't get to nuke Mecca unless we get a lot of them.