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Desc:Everything's bigger in texas- this thing exploded all day long.
Category:Accidents & Explosions
Tags:explosion, acetylene, depot
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Comment count is 18
dr_rock - 2008-08-12
This is like a Michael Bay wet dream. How much fucking acetylene were they storing? And where the hell did it come from, underground? Canisters?
glasseye - 2008-08-12
Acetylene is explosive in concentrations as low as 3%.
TeflonDoc - 2008-08-12
They were refilling canisters with a device that did not meet OSHA standards. Ignoring safety concerns is kind of a running thing with companies in that neighborhood, but it's not usually as awesome to watch. Enjoy an annotated slideshow:
http://cbs11tv.com/slideshows/Dallas.acetylene.fuel.20.229126. html?rid=1
Hooker - 2008-08-12
That neighborhood being Texas?

TeflonDoc - 2008-08-12
yeah, I guess you could generalize that much. I meant the industrial area just west of downtown Dallas.

Camonk - 2008-08-12
Ten minutes of eerie, soundless explosions can only get five stars.
Ageusiatic - 2008-08-12
According to a CNN website report, they were storing about 100,000 cubic feet of acetylene. The whole thing started with a truck that had about a dozen cylinders on it's bed, all being filled at once. If you look closely, near the beginning you can see a dark mass with rockets blasting upwards. That's the truck that started it.

Also, keep an eye out for the small hose trying to put it out, that stops once a large explosion fills the area. Surprisingly, this didn't kill anyone.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2008-08-12
10 minutes, holy shit!
Ageusiatic - 2008-08-12
Ten minutes is nothing- At one point, the local news called up someone who owned a similar depot, and asked him about when they could expect the fire/explosion to end. He told them "Tomorrow."

The important part is that they asked him this at roughly 10 AM.
RockBolt - 2008-08-12
I wonder what music that syncs up to
baleen - 2008-08-12

Explosions in the Sky?

Lurchi - 2008-08-12
Disco Inferno?

longwinded - 2008-08-12
I love the people just driving to work past the giant exploding acetylene depot
minimalist - 2008-08-12


Syd Midnight - 2008-08-14

CuteLucca - 2008-08-12
The tanks shooting off like rockets to explode offscreen are terrifying. WHY didn't they shut down the highway???

I'd also love some 'after' shots... there's gotta be a glass-filled crater there now.
glasseye - 2008-08-12
'Cuz this thar be tex-ass gosh-darnit! Peoples need thar FREEDOM or they come out all shootin' like.

chumbucket - 2008-08-12
the hell with Fireworks on July 4. just blow up a bunch of chemical tanks set to music for like 30 minutes...much much better
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