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More than 8,000 personnel from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina will take part in the exercise from March 27 through April 2 in various locations around Georgia
Overall, the exercise scenario will test the state of Georgia's local and state emergency response to a simulated category-3 or 4 hurricane that makes landfall on the Georgia coast, he said. Additional scenarios planned for the Vigilant Guard exercise include a disease outbreak, cyber attack, chemical spill, search-and-rescue efforts following a structural collapse and a medical mass casualty...
ATLANTA (CBS46) - A downtown Atlanta facility was evacuated was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a man carrying a substance police said was 'red mercury' entered the building. The incident prompted HAZMAT, police and fire response, as well as the Department of Homeland Security to respond to the area. The address points to the location of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Homeland security officials said they were on the way to the location. Atlanta Police tell us they're still gathering details. We're monitoring the situation and will keep you updated as new information becomes available.
While everyone is freaking out about the road collapsing in Atlanta, they don’t know about what else was happening as well! A man walked into the Atlanta U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with red mercury, which is used to make nuclear bombs. The road sounds like a distraction to me! I-85 is a major roadway in Atlanta, with heavy traffic daily. On Thursday, a large portion of the road collapsed during rush hour, and caught on fire. Terrorism has not yet been ruled out as the cause, at time of this publication. The fire, which is thought to have been started from underneath and burned through the steel, which caused the collapse, can be seen from miles away!
The man accused of setting the fire that destroyed part of I-85 talked with companions about smoking crack coc aine before the blaze started, according to a document released Saturday. The fire collapsed a well-traveled stretch of I-85 — triggering millions of dollars in damage and wreaking havoc on traffic, potentially for months, as the state rebuilds the wrecked section. Basil Eleby, 39, was charged on Saturday with first-degree arson in connection with the fire. Wearing a navy jumpsuit, flip-flops and handcuffs, Eleby reluctantly shuffled into a courtroom at the Fulton County jail for his first appearance hearing Saturday morning. Judge James Altman announced the arson charge, which was added on top of an earlier felony charge of criminal damage to property, and set bond at $200,000. The judge said he had considered an amount more “commensurate” with the damage inflicted. “But in this case,” the judge said, “that would amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. Eleby shook his head vigorously when Altman mentioned the possibility of pleading guilty at a future court proceeding. But the suspect said nothing during the brief hearing.
His public defender had asked the court to let Eleby skip the hearing, but the court refused. The attorney held a green folder up to try to hide Eleby’s face from the media.
Eleby and two others, Barry Thomas and Sophia Brauer, were charged Friday in connection with the fire. (Brauer earlier was identified by a different last name, but she was listed in the document released Saturday as “Brauer.” The discrepancy could not be resolved on Saturday.)
Thomas and Brauer were charged with criminal trespass. Eleby, who has been arrested 19 times since 1995, mostly on drug offenses, according to jail records, is facing far more serious charges.
According to an affidavit by a fire department lieutenant, the suspect admitted to frequenting the area where the fire was set and acknowledged being there on Thursday afternoon at about the time the fire started.
Eleby told investigators from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he’d met Thomas and Brauer there at about 4 p.m. and they “discussed smoking crack coc aine together.”
But Eleby ultimately decided “he would consume the drugs by himself” and “left the area before the fire started,” according to the affidavit, which was prepared in support of Eleby’s arrest warrant.
Thomas told a different story.
“Mr. Thomas watched Basil Eleby place a chair on top of a shopping cart, reach under the shopping cart and ignite it,” said the affidavit, which was released on Saturday.
Thomas told authorities he and Brauer then fled in the opposite direction of Eleby, it said.
As Eleby appeared in court Saturday morning, Georgia Department of Transportation crews continued their around-the-clock work to deal with the damage that Eleby is accused of causing.
The science newsgroups have been abuzz with tales of a 2-kiloton yield Russian red mercury fusion device, theoretically in the possession of terrorists. This, of course, prompts the question: What Is Red Mercury? The answer to this question depends largely on whom you ask. Is red mercury real? Absolutely, but definitions vary. If you had asked me before I did a bit of Internet research, I would have given you the standard cinnabar/vermillion answer. However, the Russian tritium fusion bomb is more interesting... WHAT IS RED MERCURY?
The man accused of starting the raging fire that destroyed part of Interstate 85 north of downtown Atlanta was talking about smoking crack just before the blaze began, according to his arrest affidavit.
Thomas told investigators a different story, the paper reported. "Mr. Thomas watched Basil Eleby place a chair on top of a shopping cart, reach under the shopping cart and ignite it," the affidavit says.
originally posted by: roadgravel
The fire fuel was some amount of high density polyethylene pipe.
PVC is an inherently fire resistant plastic, the only exception among the general-purpose plastics, since it contains more than 50% of chlorine. Other advantages of PVC are that it releases less combustion heat than other plastics - hence contributes less to maintaining and spreading fire – and produces no or very few flaming droplets or debris. Burning PVC yields an expanded carbonaceuous structure usually called ‘intumescence’. This structure forms a thermal barrier protecting underlying parts.
In some cases, such as pipes, PVC can even prevent fire spreading by blocking the orifices through walls or floors.
Oxygen index of various plasticsSince PVC is highly fire resistant, it is widely used in exterior construction materials such as window profiles, siding boards, or interior housing materials, such as wall-covering and flooring. It is also used in industrial facilities such as tanks, ducts, parting strips, or for sign boards, corrugated boards, and cable coverings.
Both polyethylene and PVC are waterproof, but PVC is more so.
Additionally, PVC is much more fire-resistant than polyethylene, because the chlorine atoms it releases during a fire inhibit the process of combustion.
PVC in its native form is brittle and hard, so it needs to be softened and made flexible by adding other compounds called plasticizers. Polyethylene's properties depend on the type. LDPE is much softer and more malleable than linear polyethylenes such as high-density polyethylene, or HDPE.
Fire is an issue with HDPE pipe, even if the pipe meets AASHTO specifications. * The HDPE industry is aware of the fire potential, but has apparently chosen to downplay the risk.