posted on Jan, 31 2006 @ 12:30 PM
A mushroom-shaped cloud does not necessarily imply a chemical or nuclear explosion. Given the right convection, temperature, and sufficient flammable
components, even a car exploding due to a faulty wire could take on a mushroom cloud. Let's wait a little bit to see what the OFFICIAL (by official I
mean independant or government inquiry, NOT media sources) report tells us.
Oh, and having worked as an OH&S rep for a number of years at a service station, you definitely do NOT want to go throwing water on a fire until you
know exactly what it is that is burning. Sometimes, even just letting it burn out, is the better option. Taking toxicity of burnt materials, wind
conditions, size of the fire, potential for propagation to neighbouring properties and/or other flammable materials on the premises, drainage at the
site, and chemical composition of the flammables, into account, takes a HELLUVA lot of work, and isn't something that you should rush in to. Lives
could be lost if you don't plan a fire control situation. Simply throwing water at a fire doesn't fix it, that only works for 'dry' flammables,
like paper, wood, etc..
[edit on 31-1-2006 by nrky]