Massive Explosion in Toronto

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    Aug 10, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
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    A propane facility has been destroyed by a series of explosions early Sunday morning.

    http://cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080810/080810_explosion/20080810/?hub=CP24Home

    I, luckily, was on the other side of the city when it happened. I don't think I heard the explosion. In retrospect, it had been thunderstorming all day and I may have taken the explosion for lingering thunder.
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    Aug 10, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    Small update: One fire fighter confirmed as dead, though it will be sometime before they figure out the cause. One person is still unaccounted for and 18 people are in hospital with minor injuries. Police still don't know what caused the blasts.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 10, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Holy shit!

    I hope all our Toronto based members and their families are ok.
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    Aug 10, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    whew, I thought it was another terrorist attack.

    Still, that mushroom cloud is... icon_eek.gif. Good to know the casualty count is not that bad, but still horrible for the families of the victims.
  • Teacherguy

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    Aug 11, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    i heard the explosion from my home and i live quite a distance from the explosion.
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    Aug 11, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    Propane blasts, by their nature are dramatic, but not very destructive. The stuff can't explode until it's already mixed with a proportional amount of air. So some accident has to occur that releases a whole lot of gas quickly, then an airburst can happen overhead.
    Of course, when a large number of propane tanks are stored together, what sometimes happens is the first explosion causes the nearest tank to rupture, which causes a second explosion, and so on.

    We've had a couple of incidents like that here in the last couple of years, but apparently with somewhat smaller tanks.
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 13, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    Most Propane is under pressure and a Liquid When it heats up then beomes explosive It is called BLIM ing
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    The remains of an unidentified body were found in the wreckage last night. The body is assumed to be the facility employee who has been missing since Sunday morning.