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(Huffington Post) NewsFlash Two natural gas barges explode in the city of Mobile, AL. At least three injured in the blasts. Story developing (link replaced) (w/video coverage)   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 231
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2013-04-24 11:44:59 PM  
i.imgur.com
Appropriate
 
2013-04-24 11:45:11 PM  
Overzelous assault pressure cooker!!

Seriously, I hope everyone is okay.
 
2013-04-24 11:45:30 PM  

Ringshadow: "As hard as nuclear power is now." Or did you miss that?


Oh, no, I saw it. I just thought it was hyperbole.

Instead, it was potato.
 
2013-04-24 11:46:00 PM  

2xhelix: Link to local TV coverage including video of third explosion while reporter is interviewing city councilman.


Hahahah!

Nothing bad is gonna (BOOM) ... That! That right there!
 
2013-04-24 11:46:34 PM  
3 people in critical condition... burns etc..
 
2013-04-24 11:47:09 PM  
It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!
 
2013-04-24 11:50:38 PM  
"Mobile Fire and Rescue report two barges previously loaded with liquid natural gas have exploded. Three injured and transported to hospital. They were reportedly empty. The explosion could be felt for miles around."

Geez...imagine if there had been something in the barges.
 
2013-04-24 11:52:09 PM  
This is Fartbongo's plan to brainwash America into using green energy.
 
2013-04-24 11:52:29 PM  
It's a good thing they were mostly empty. Those LNG carriers can carry massive amounts of gas and the safety infrastructure has been lagging behind the demand for larger ships during the recent LNG boom. Unfortunate incident as all accidents are if that is the case here. Hopefully they can figure out what caused the problem and engineer a prevention solution.
 
2013-04-24 11:53:07 PM  

khyberkitsune: Third and fourth explosions reported in natural gas lines. Part of Austal, AL evacuated. Fire Dept is letting it burn, it's too unstable.


Austal Alabama is a shipyard, not a city.  Some workers are getting the night off.  As others have said, the only way anyone else gets hurt is if the FD tries to put it out.

While spectacular, it has a limited fuel supply and is in an unpopulated area.  Leave it alone and the problem will soon self-resolve.
 
2013-04-24 11:53:20 PM  

Shadow Blasko: 2xhelix: Link to local TV coverage including video of third explosion while reporter is interviewing city councilman.

Hahahah!

Nothing bad is gonna (BOOM) ... That! That right there!


Classic.
 
2013-04-24 11:53:39 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Mobile Fire and Rescue report two barges previously loaded with liquid natural gas have exploded. Three injured and transported to hospital. They were reportedly empty. The explosion could be felt for miles around."

Geez...imagine if there had been something in the barges.


Well if they were full the vapor content of the barges would have probably been over the UEL(Upper Explosive Limit) and not gone up, if they were empty they were probably not properly drained and there was enough vapor left over that even a static spark could have set it off.

My prediction?  A safety protocol was skipped to save time.
 
2013-04-24 11:54:15 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Mobile Fire and Rescue report two barges previously loaded with liquid natural gas have exploded. Three injured and transported to hospital. They were reportedly empty. The explosion could be felt for miles around."

Geez...imagine if there had been something in the barges.


If there had been something in the barges they might not have exploded. I'm not sure of the specific characteristics of natural gas, but gasoline is not explosive. The vapors are.
 
2013-04-24 11:54:54 PM  
Michael Moore soon to tweet that an American caused the explosions.
 
2013-04-24 11:55:05 PM  
I live on the other side of Mobile Bay and was driving home and saw the initial explosions, at this distance I thought it was some sort of odd fireworks. Very bright even the 6 miles across the bridge.
 
2013-04-24 11:56:12 PM  

Shadow Blasko: 2xhelix: Link to local TV coverage including video of third explosion while reporter is interviewing city councilman.

Hahahah!

Nothing bad is gonna (BOOM) ... That! That right there!


Best part:

Councilman:  "The first responders seem to have everything under control and--"
Barge:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdf5n-zI14
 
2013-04-24 11:57:12 PM  
Explosions in America trifecta complete.
 
2013-04-25 12:01:54 AM  
I love that. The ad before the video was advertising BP business compensation money.
 
2013-04-25 12:02:26 AM  

DubtodaIll: Those LNG carriers can carry massive amounts of gas and the safety infrastructure has been lagging behind the demand for larger ships during the recent LNG boom.


The big LNG carriers don't come to inland ports at all.  They're too damned big.  Like the uber-monster high-seas crude oil carriers, they're offloaded at an offshore platform, a couple miles out from shore, and then there's a pipeline between that platform and the shore receiving station.

Which, again, makes me suspect that we're talking NGL, not LNG (they're different things).  And, yeah, an 'empty' (mostly) NGL tanker/barge saturated with ethane/propane vapors?  That'll definitely explode.  But, it won't be a massive conflagration like an LNG carrier could be.
 
2013-04-25 12:03:44 AM  
Is the I-10 closed?
 
2013-04-25 12:06:36 AM  

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Is the I-10 closed?


No it isn't... Neither are the tunnels
 
2013-04-25 12:06:39 AM  

eatin' fetus: Natural Gas seems like a horrible material to build a barge out of.


I know, right?
 
2013-04-25 12:09:44 AM  
I was trying to figure out who was knocking on the door to my house when I realized that all I heard was one of the explosions.
 
2013-04-25 12:09:47 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: So we have this new flash but what about the mass shooting in IL and 5 people who were killed?

I agree with the above comment about April, what is with this month it is all about horrific events.


There was one in Federal Way, Washington too. 5 dead, including the shooter. Some crazy guy shot his girlfriend, then went after witnesses until cops stopped him.
 
2013-04-25 12:11:01 AM  

Lawnchair: I'm hoping and betting that we're probably referring to what are better termed 'natural gas liquids'. Propane and ethane, largely, with the butanes and up.

i.imgur.com

 
2013-04-25 12:12:22 AM  

Alleyoop: Can we get a pipeline and stop hauling the gas around already?


Pipelines blow up too. Couple years ago in WA a couple kids who were lighting fireworks in their neighborhood got blown up because the pipeline was leaking.
 
2013-04-25 12:13:13 AM  

doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!


No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.
 
2013-04-25 12:16:21 AM  

Edge.bot: Explosions in America trifecta complete.


I don't know.  The marathon was two explosions.  The trifecta happened when the shiat hit the fan over in Texas if your going to count explosions.
 
2013-04-25 12:17:39 AM  

Oldiron_79: doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!

No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.


There is a "Your Mom" joke in there somewhere but I can't find it.
 
2013-04-25 12:20:47 AM  

puffy999: This just in: God hates America.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xnEMFveqLg
 
2013-04-25 12:21:52 AM  

Somacandra: Oldiron_79: doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!

No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.

There is a "Your Mom" joke in there somewhere but I can't find it.


That's the amount of lube it'd take to get in the crusty biatch
 
2013-04-25 12:23:41 AM  

Somacandra: Oldiron_79: doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!

No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.

There is a "Your Mom" joke in there somewhere but I can't find it.


"And your mom after a night at taco bell"
 
2013-04-25 12:25:28 AM  

Somacandra: Oldiron_79: doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!

No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.

There is a "Your Mom" joke in there somewhere but I can't find it.


I don't think so. There's no way his mom is fitting in a 30,000 gallon assault barge
 
2013-04-25 12:27:24 AM  
Were any Mobile homes damaged?
 
2013-04-25 12:29:49 AM  

Somacandra: Oldiron_79: doglover: It's time we ban these dangerous assault barges!

No one needs a high capacity 30,000 gallon assault barge except the military.

There is a "Your Mom" joke in there somewhere but I can't find it.


...and your moms vagina.
 
2013-04-25 12:38:39 AM  

earthwirm: Apparently there is a 3rd explosion. Nearby Carnival Cruise Triumph is being evacuated.


Maybe Carnival is cleaning out the septic tanks on its ships...
 
2013-04-25 12:41:05 AM  

thisispete: What is it with shiat blowing up this month? Can't we just go back to some more traditional mayhem? Like shark attacks or something.


This happened on the water... sharks live in the water. Let's not be hasty and exclude the possibility that this is their doing.
 
2013-04-25 12:43:29 AM  

Lawnchair: TyrantII: What the hell is a natural gas barge?

Surely they don't mean LNG tankers, right?

I hope to God not.  There's really no reason to ship cryogenic/compressed LNG domestically.  High seas between continents, yes.  Barge, we have pipelines.  LNG... that shiat goes BOOM.

I'm hoping and betting that we're probably referring to what are better termed 'natural gas liquids'.  Propane and ethane, largely, with the butanes and up. 'Natural' natural gas, minus the methane and other ultra-light stuff. This then gets refined a bit more for 'barbecue' propane and chemical feedstock fractions.  Liquids at standard temp/pressure or slightly pressurized, and shipped by barge, truck, and railcar all the time.

This would have to be LPG, there are no LNG barges in the United States, and no LNG carriers in Mobile.

Also, to quibble with the comment about going boom, LPG goes boom.  LNG is -160 C and so missing the heat aspect of the combustion triangle.
 
2013-04-25 12:43:36 AM  
When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.
 
2013-04-25 12:45:29 AM  

ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.


Same thing happens in Canada too; I got a case of beer there and one of the bottles had a mouse in it. They wouldn't give me a refund.
 
2013-04-25 12:48:50 AM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.

Same thing happens in Canada too; I got a case of beer there and one of the bottles had a mouse in it. They wouldn't give me a refund.


Was it a deadmau5?
 
2013-04-25 12:49:15 AM  

ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.


Meh - no need to attribute to wickedness what can easily be attributed to stupidity and incompetence.
People can't do anything right, and sooner or later, every task gets handed off to a bonehead who can't be trusted to tie his shoes correctly.
 
2013-04-25 12:52:01 AM  

Intel154: Also, to quibble with the comment about going boom, LPG goes boom.  LNG is -160 C and so missing the heat aspect of the combustion triangle.


Real-world tests being thankfully rare, there's debate on how much a LNG tanker rupture/spark would 'boom' versus (and I think the latter is more likely) not exactly explode, per se, but still go up in a fiery inferno.  The LOX in the Space Shuttle main tank was at -180C and the LH2 was at -250C.  It sure as heck burned pretty quickly.
 
2013-04-25 12:52:56 AM  

jso2897: ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.

Meh - no need to attribute to wickedness what can easily be attributed to stupidity and incompetence.
People can't do anything right, and sooner or later, every task gets handed off to a bonehead who can't be trusted to tie his shoes correctly.


I like that outlook. And it is right 99% of the time, 99%. But sometimes, it's not, and you have to look in the toothy mouth and measure the bite radius to be sure.
 
2013-04-25 12:56:30 AM  

ChiliBoots: thisispete: What is it with shiat blowing up this month? Can't we just go back to some more traditional mayhem? Like shark attacks or something.

This happened on the water... sharks live in the water. Let's not be hasty and exclude the possibility that this is their doing.


Terrorist sharks? I wonder what their religious and political affiliations are?
 
2013-04-25 12:56:34 AM  
From the good folks at Sandia National Lab:
http://www.hss.energy.gov/nuclearsafety/nfsp/fire/workshop2009/presen t ations/(5)_Large_Scale_LNG_Experiment_Tim_Stirrup.pdf
 
2013-04-25 12:57:42 AM  

IronTom: jso2897: ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.

Meh - no need to attribute to wickedness what can easily be attributed to stupidity and incompetence.
People can't do anything right, and sooner or later, every task gets handed off to a bonehead who can't be trusted to tie his shoes correctly.

I like that outlook. And it is right 99% of the time, 99%. But sometimes, it's not, and you have to look in the toothy mouth and measure the bite radius to be sure.


Lighten up, Francis. You'll get over it.
 
2013-04-25 01:03:15 AM  

jso2897: IronTom: jso2897: ontariolightning: When you leave things unregulated and pay off inspectors to keep their mouths shut, bad things happen.

Meh - no need to attribute to wickedness what can easily be attributed to stupidity and incompetence.
People can't do anything right, and sooner or later, every task gets handed off to a bonehead who can't be trusted to tie his shoes correctly.

I like that outlook. And it is right 99% of the time, 99%. But sometimes, it's not, and you have to look in the toothy mouth and measure the bite radius to be sure.

Lighten up, Francis. You'll get over it.


um, sure, just saying that there it a lot of unwanted stuff happening lately. Hopefully it is all just coincidental, but it still deserves to be looked in to carefully.
 
2013-04-25 01:04:42 AM  

utah dude: strangeluck: Bullshiat!

Everyone knows it was space aliens from Omicron Ceti 9, who plan to wipe us out in strange and not so creative ways.

in Des Moines, Iowa... look at the ground around Des Moines, Stuart...


You can't build on it, you can't grow anything in it. The government says it's due to poor farming.
But I know what's really going on, Stuart.
 
2013-04-25 01:09:45 AM  
April is the cruelest month, or so it has been said.

/Damn.
 
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