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Chemical Plant Explosion In Central U.S.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 05:09 PM
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Several explosions engulfed a chemical plant in the industrial section of Kansas City. The Explosions and the following cloud of black smoke forced evacuations of people in the area and schools. There were no reports of injuries but the cloud was reported to be dropping a sticky substance as it moved across the metropolitan area. The fire is said to have began when several 55 gallon drums exploded triggering more explosions and fires including blasts from there thirty-thousand gallon tankers.
 



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Fire Chief Richard Dyer said officials were evacuating a one-square-mile area around the plant and were going door-to-door through several blocks to get people out.

The Kansas City school district sent students from six elementary schools in the area to a high school to keep them as far from the explosions as possible, a district spokeswoman said.

The fire began after several 55-gallon drums containing chemicals exploded, touching off more explosions and fires, including blasts from three 30,000-gallon tankers, Fire Marshal Floyd Peoples said.




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


First off I know accidents do happen. But what I think needs to be recognized as the key hear is the 55 gallon drums that the news story says exploded 55 gallon drums do not just explode for no reason. Yes, the had chemicals in them. Yes, the chemicals were probably flammable and the fumes explosive, but they still do not just explode. It is not difficult to hide something in a 55 gallon drum. If someone wanted to start a string of explosions in a chemical plant that is not a bad way to go about doing it.

Related News Links:
today.reuters.com
www.helenair.com
www.usatoday.com
www.foxreno.com

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apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 06:38 PM
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We've been in the news a lot lately!

Ok... first off, you have misreported your source article. There was no "sticky substance" dropping from the smoke as it drifted across the city. The article says the "sticky substance" was spewed from the fire itself.

I have not heard any reference to a "sticky substance" on any of the news reports and I have been monitoring this ever since the power hiccuped and my scanner started going crazy. [ash however is falling and officials have advised people to avoid contact with it]

This building is... erm, was a distribution center for mineral spirits and other solvents. A contractor associated with the company stated they recently had been experiencing a surge in business, and had been bringing in significantly greater than normal quantities of materials to meet demand. It will be a while before a trigger is determined, but it's not exactly a stretch to see that with the increased production came an increased risk of an accident.

Things have calmed down. Most major roads have reopened. The smoke stretches at least 15miles Southwest over the populated areas. No exotic chemicals have been detected. There is no perceivable danger to the people.

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The immediate concern now is several railcars, potentially containing more solvents, are close to the fire and are at risk of igniting.

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An EPA aircraft out of Texas has flown repeatedly through the smoke cloud and landed, presumably collecting samples for testing.

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The aircraft was reportedly analyzing the nature of the smoke particles, using technology implemented by DHS, transmitting the data directly to the ground.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 06:54 PM
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Hear is a line from the sorce article.

The cloud appeared to be dropping a sticky substance as it moved to the southwest over the metropolitan area.

It does say dropping sticky substance.

Aside from that thanks a bunch for your input.


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:00 PM
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Oh whoops sorry bout that. I missed the second "sticky". Caught my attention because there has been no "sticky" substance reported anywhere locally, so the article is misinterpreting or operating on bad info.

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and definitely no speculation on any possibility of an intent.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:07 PM
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No problem with the mis quote, it is good that we all check our selves to keep the facts straight, denay ignorance you know.
It is of coarse a good thing that you have not seen any sticky substance. I saw a pic of that cloud and it looked enormance. So thanks a bunch for chiming in with what you have seen in your area.


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:16 PM
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Yup it could be seen for miles. When I first saw it I thought it looked like a storm front.

Local stations have gone back to regular programming.

I just realized I can actually see the fire from my window! If one of those 30,000 tankers blow, I'll be sure to post it.


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I can see it while planted in the middle of my couch! This is better than porn!

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:23 PM
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APC,
the impression I got was that they thirty thousand gallon tankers had already exploded and burned. But the article is not that specific about those so they may still be there. It will depend on what is in them as to weather or they they will blow or just burn.


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:27 PM
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Several have already but there are several more still on railcars that are in danger. At this point it is being reported that the fire has receded from those, but they are not out of danger. The winds are expected to swing later.

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There has been another explosion. The fire appears to be growing.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 08:21 PM
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The fires are growing wow, that's not good.
It is unforchanet they could not bring an engine in to get them out of the there.
Is there anything on the local television about how they are fighting the fire?


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 08:26 PM
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They aren't.

There's nothing can be done at this point that is safe. They are keeping it contained and letting it burn out.

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Whenever I think it's died down it flares back up with another fireball. The railcars are now reportedly not in danger.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 09:11 PM
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Smoke billows from a fire at a chemical plant in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. The explosions and fire at the Chemcentral plant in the area known as the East Bottoms, just northeast of downtown, billowed smoke that could be seen for at least 30 miles around the city. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Kansas City firefighters evacuate an elderly resident from her home after multiple explosions set fire to the Chemcentral plant in Kansas City, Missouri, February 7, 2007. The explosion and massive fire at the chemical storage facility near downtown Kansas City forced an evacuation and closed nearby roads, authorities and local media reports said on Wednesday. (Dave Kaup/Reuters)


A huge billowing cloud of smoke shrouds the downtown skyline of Kansas City, Mo.,Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, as a fire burns at a chemical plant in an industrial area of the city. The explosions and fire at the Chem Central plant in the area known as the East Bottoms, just northeast of downtown, billowed smoke that could be seen for miles. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)


Hope no one is downwind of that noxious cloud and breathing it in.

More pics here Yahoo News



posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 09:29 PM
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Originally posted by apc
Whenever I think it's died down it flares back up with another fireball. The railcars are now reportedly not in danger.

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Am glad they are not in danger. Hopefully enough of everything that is burning will burn out so they can get the rail cars out of there.


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 09:30 PM
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Hope no one is downwind of that noxious cloud and breathing it in.

Yeah they're giving warnings to people with asthma. FOX4 is also saying that if you're driving around, to turn your vents on recirculate. It's funny how they say it
"There's a recirculate button in your car, you might not have been aware of that."




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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 09:33 PM
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That a bunch for posting those pics.
They are very impressive.

Might not be aware of a recirculate button, hmm yes that is kind of interesting.


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 09:55 PM
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That cityscape is a sweet shot but I wanna point out that the smoke cloud is coming directly towards the viewer. The coverage was like this:



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The fire has now reduced enough for firefighters to use a suppressing foam application. A 5 block radius is off limits. A Red Cross shelter is in place at a highschool a few blocks from me. There have been no fatalities.

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 10:32 PM
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I have someone there that I am head over heals in love with. No its not you APC!
I hope she is ok. Here are some pictures, the first one is crap that was falling from the sky.







posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 11:15 PM
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wow thats pretty impressive Gunman
thanks for posting it.
Has any one said what it probably is yet?



posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 11:31 PM
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Originally posted by RedGolem
wow thats pretty impressive Gunman
thanks for posting it.
Has any one said what it probably is yet?


No but here is a quote from the Fox website.

Do not do this! Mistakenly, FOX 4 picked up the debris to show you what's falling from the sky. Now, we know not to pick it up.



You can find it here.

www.myfoxkc/myfox



posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 11:34 PM
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haha
they pick it up then say don't do this. Not to sure how people will respond to that. Hopefully some one will do a quick test to find out basically what it is


apc

posted on Feb, 8 2007 @ 07:58 AM
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All that remains is a few acres of smoldering mutilated metal. I haven't heard anything about test results so either they haven't released data on it yet or there is nothing that poses a risk to the public.



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