Blast Probe Focus On Idling Pickup

Powers, Mary B.
April 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;4/11/2005, Vol. 254 Issue 14, p11
Trade Publication
The article informs that a contractor's diesel pickup truck, parked and idling near a vapor release from a vent stack, could have caused the explosion at a refinery in Texas City, Texas on March 23, investigators say. Eyewitnesses told U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board investigators that they saw vapor near the truck whose engine began to race. This behavior by a diesel engine indicates the presence of a flammable atmosphere entering the air intake, says a board spokeswoman. One witness reported an unsuccessful attempt to shut off the engine, she says.


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