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Refinery explosion

  1. Mar 23, 2005 #1

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    There was a huge explosion this afternoon at the BP Amoco refinery where my dad works. Thank heavens he is OK. It looks pretty bad:
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/4311459/detail.html
     
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    Glad your Dad was ok..sorry to hear others were not.
     
  4. Mar 23, 2005 #3

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    thank you, hypatia. At the time I talked to mom there were no deaths reported but sadly, it looks like this has changed.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2005 #4

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    I'm so glad your dad is ok!!! It does look really bad. Being from Houston, that really hits home.
     
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    Oh, that looks terrible. MIH, I'm really glad to hear your father is okay. Does he know any of the people who were hurt or killed?
     
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    Thanks, Evo and Moonbear. I think he's still down there so we don't have anymore news. He was only able to talk to mom for about a minute, just long enough to tell her he's alright.
    This is one of those things we always worry about. They have had small explosions at the plant before, but never anything like this. They work with pretty dangerous stuff at that plant. By-products, like sulfuric acid, are processed there.
     
  8. Mar 23, 2005 #7

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    Glad your dad is OK. Nontheless, condolences are in order. No one involved escapes emotional injury when tragic events occur.
     
  9. Mar 23, 2005 #8

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    Thanks, Chronos. Still no news from home and dad hasn't returned. I imagine Texas City is a pretty big mess right now.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2005 #9

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    Not to in any way make light of a grim situation, but your link says, "Officials said that fire started in a furnace." Had there been no victims, that would be a humorous quote. Hopefully we will hear more details on what such a thing could mean.
     
  11. Mar 23, 2005 #10

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    It doesn't sound good with 70 injured and an undetermined number killed. :frown: (sad)

    MIH, glad to hear your dad's OK. Thoughts are with those who lost someone.
     
  12. Mar 23, 2005 #11

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    Texas City! Wow... Again.. Back in the late 40s a shipload of Amonium Nitrate blew up in Texas City,.. Killed hundreds and destroyed city blocks.

    Texas City


    Glad to hear your dad is ok, sounds like some hard days ahead though. Good luck.
     
  13. Mar 23, 2005 #12
    here we go,we gonna pay 10-15 cents more for gas
     
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    I am glad this one wasn't that bad. Im glad your dad is ok, MIH. Still, I will be thinking of the families of those who died.
     
  16. Mar 24, 2005 #15

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    Hi MIH;
    My apologies for not joining earlier. I didn't want to say anything until I had a chance to see the news. I don't get cable, so had to wait until CBC National came on. Glad that your dad's okay, although he'll probably be shaken up for a while (as with everyone else in the vincinity, I would imagine). It seems as if he has a great family backing him up.
     
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    Thanks, guys. I really appreciate your posts. This has been a very stressful day. Dad finally got home. He was uninjured, but I'm afraid I will find out soon that he lost some dear friends in the accident.
     
  18. Mar 24, 2005 #17

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    Late chime in here as well MIH.

    Our condolences to your dad and all involved.
     
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