Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

News (update) Texas Fertilizer Explosion may be deliberate bombing

  1. Apr 18, 2013 #1
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 18, 2013 #2
    The media's most certainly going to connect this with the Boston bombing...:rofl:
     
  4. Apr 18, 2013 #3

    chemisttree

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    The news I saw specifically mentioned that it was unrelated to the Boston bombing. Fire department was called to the scene for a fire and a short time later ... BOOM! Sounds very similar to the Texas City disaster.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2013 #4

    Chronos

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Sounds like an ammonium nitrate/fuel oil explosion.
     
  6. Apr 18, 2013 #5

    chemisttree

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    Smoldering ammonium nitrate decomposes to produce nitrous oxide which can detonate if heated enough. Fuel-air bomb.
     
  7. Apr 18, 2013 #6
    That's a massive explosion o_O
     
  8. Apr 18, 2013 #7

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    It's horrendous.

    http://news.yahoo.com/rescuers-search-ruins-texas-fertilizer-plant-145136932.html?_sr=1
     
  9. Apr 26, 2013 #8

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

  10. Apr 26, 2013 #9

    Borek

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

  11. Apr 26, 2013 #10
    Bold mine

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/25/us/texas-explosion-plant/index.html

    There is no information on how the fire started or what was burning???

    The fire fighters knew there would be an explosion but stayed and kept their fire hoses on the fire until a nursing home across the street was evacuated.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlin...nt-would-explode-but-stayed-firefighters-say/
     
  12. May 10, 2013 #11

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    http://news.yahoo.com/unexpected-twists-case-deadly-blast-texas-fertilizer-plant-194420106.html [Broken]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
  13. May 11, 2013 #12

    jim hardy

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Highly volatile?
    It doesn't boil until 210C, but that's also its flash point...

    However, might spraying it with water be a mistake?

    http://www.chemicalbook.com/ChemicalProductProperty_EN_CB4167347.htm
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: (update) Texas Fertilizer Explosion may be deliberate bombing
  1. Grandson Update (Replies: 13)

  2. Solar Update (Replies: 2)

  3. LHC Update (Replies: 21)

  4. Hartle update (Replies: 6)

Loading...