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10 minutes ago, Pato del Muerto said:

My near miss was an operator turned a pump on but didn’t open the valve in the line, so the pump was pushing hot material into a dead end. Eventually it overheated and blew apart, spraying hot hydrocarbon material out. Some metal hit an electric panel, caused spark that lit the liquid, which was pooling right under a sealed methanol tank of like 5-10 thousand gallons. That’s when they evacuated us in the lab. 
That tank was too small to have a pressure relief valve I think, but either way if they didn’t get the fire out it would have either caused a catastrophic tank failure and big whoof or a BLEVE. 
 

also had a methanol soaked filter auto ignite in a dumpster during a hot summer day but that was a small fire contained within the dumpster that got put out pretty quick. 
 

but it’s never good when you hear the alarm and walk outside and see a decent smoke cloud. 
or when you hear the boom of a pressure disc rupturing and wondering which plant it came from. 

This is why positive displacement pumps should always have an EXTERNAL relief valve. 

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1 minute ago, Xian said:

This is why positive displacement pumps should always have an EXTERNAL relief valve. 

With a more modern setup, you shouldn’t be able to turn a pump on unless the downstream valve(s) is open but the plant was old and not automated to that point. 

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1 hour ago, tx 3 putt said:

Night shift + holiday week. They were running lean. 

Which may be the problem.

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3 minutes ago, Rip76 said:

Which may be the problem.

I doubt that was the issue. The place did old, stuff wears out / breaks 

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1 hour ago, Pato del Muerto said:

My near miss was an operator turned a pump on but didn’t open the valve in the line, so the pump was pushing hot material into a dead end. Eventually it overheated and blew apart, spraying hot hydrocarbon material out. Some metal hit an electric panel, caused spark that lit the liquid, which was pooling right under a sealed methanol tank of like 5-10 thousand gallons. That’s when they evacuated us in the lab. 
That tank was too small to have a pressure relief valve I think, but either way if they didn’t get the fire out it would have either caused a catastrophic tank failure and big whoof or a BLEVE. 
 

also had a methanol soaked filter auto ignite in a dumpster during a hot summer day but that was a small fire contained within the dumpster that got put out pretty quick. 
 

but it’s never good when you hear the alarm and walk outside and see a decent smoke cloud. 
or when you hear the boom of a pressure disc rupturing and wondering which plant it came from. 

should have filled out a deadhead protectiong workbook imo

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I just took these from the plane.

 

The 2nd one really doesnt do justice to the large flames still present.

 

My work wife and her husband live next to the reservation and she told me it was the most terrifying experience of her life. Like a bomb that kept going.

 

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7 minutes ago, Pato del Muerto said:

Whataburger traffic unaffected 

They advertising their new flame grilled burger yet? Stupid Yankees, using gas instead of charcoal.

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7 hours ago, thestud said:

 


Houston.
Chemical depot.
Shit went boom.
 

 

TPC in Port Neches to downtown Houston = 87 miles

Kyle Field to downtown Austin = 87 miles

 

"Kyle Field collapsed in Austin this morning...."

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2 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

Also  x4, people thought I was Italian. Probably why the women were so friendly, international flare. 

"Some slick, continental dude" [/Rick Springfield]

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2 hours ago, Hank Scorpio said:

I’m hearing that most of Port Neches was destroyed in the blast but no one can tell the difference. 

$1796.46 in damages.  Didn’t meet deductible. 

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There was just another boom. Not as loud as last night but it shook the house. Will update when I get more info.


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2 minutes ago, austingirl said:

This from one of my FB friends - her daughter was Facetiming with a friend and caught it on video.

 

holy shit

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8 minutes ago, tx 3 putt said:

Austin Girl, are y’all evacuating ?

As of now, no - they are telling people outside the 1/2 mile radius to shelter in place. 

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2 minutes ago, tx 3 putt said:

Damn, all of Port Neches and Groves under mandatory evacuation. Holy shit 

Wait what? Source?

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1 minute ago, tx 3 putt said:

12 News Now, they just repeated it. 

Motherfucker. I see it now. We are getting ready to leave.

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31 minutes ago, austingirl said:

This from one of my FB friends - her daughter was Facetiming with a friend and caught it on video.

 

Thought that was a SpaceX testing ground for a moment.  

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4 minutes ago, austingirl said:

Motherfucker. I see it now. We are getting ready to leave.

Don't forget to grab the turkey for tomorrow.

And the whiskey. Definitely don't forget the whiskey.

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Damn.  Every chemical plant at least pays lip service to trying to be a good neighbor and member of the community.  Forcing everyone to evacuate the day before Thanksgiving ain't that.

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Friend of mine in Mid-County posted this.
 


i stripped the clutch on James’ Jeep one time trying to pull my truck out of the sand at Sea Rim...

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They’re pulling out emergency response personnel out of the plant. Fire is too dangerous and I controllable 

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46 minutes ago, austingirl said:

This from one of my FB friends - her daughter was Facetiming with a friend and caught it on video.

 

Holy shit. That’s more than a simple “tower collapse”

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10 minutes ago, WBT said:

Damn.  Every chemical plant at least pays lip service to trying to be a good neighbor and member of the community.  Forcing everyone to evacuate the day before Thanksgiving ain't that.

It's better than not evacuating them and having a bunch of people die from chemical burns. 

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12 minutes ago, WBT said:

Damn.  Every chemical plant at least pays lip service to trying to be a good neighbor and member of the community.  Forcing everyone to evacuate the day before Thanksgiving ain't that.

what's the alternative?  "hey you should have told us you were poisoning the town!  Yet there you sat while we and our families are having Thanksgiving and getting cancer... See ya in court mofos."

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3 minutes ago, Xian said:

Holy shit. That’s more than a simple “tower collapse”

That video is amazing. Those towers are very heavy and firmly set in place. 

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16 minutes ago, WBT said:

Damn.  Every chemical plant at least pays lip service to trying to be a good neighbor and member of the community.  Forcing everyone to evacuate the day before Thanksgiving ain't that.

They’re pulling all emergency personnel from the site. The fire is in control now. 

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Don't forget to grab the turkey for tomorrow.
And the whiskey. Definitely don't forget the whiskey.


Going to the in-laws in Crosby, who live on Lake Houston. They have a well-stocked liquor cabinet, a boat, and cable TV, so we should be set. Unless one of the plants near there explodes.


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11 minutes ago, Pescado_Rojo said:

It's better than not evacuating them and having a bunch of people die from chemical burns. 

obviously

7 minutes ago, Iceman said:

what's the alternative?  "hey you should have told us you were poisoning the town!  Yet there you sat while we and our families are having Thanksgiving and getting cancer... See ya in court mofos."

The alternative is having your shit together and not burning down your plant.

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That looks like 71 eastbound looking at the bastrop fire 


That's Merriman, the street the high school is on.

The view from 73 as we head out.
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