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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 51
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2013-04-24 11:25:24 PM
3 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Freakin April

/It's the entire month
//probability storm season


i.imgur.com
April is the cruelest month
2013-04-25 06:18:56 AM
2 votes:

IronTom: NewportBarGuy: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

No.

Why not?


It's terrorism when it's proven that it's terrorism and not a moment sooner. Why? Because we aren't Fox News that's why.
2013-04-24 11:53:39 PM
2 votes:

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 11:10:04 PM
2 votes:

Ringshadow: I said it before. I'll say it again.

If your industry has the ability to do massive damage to yourself/the surrounding area/civilians, you should be regulated as hard as nuclear power is now.


Uh, the heavy industry in Mobile is already regulated. They have their own industrial zone down by the water, away from schools and nursing homes and everything.

This injured the 3 crew, but it's going to end up being nothing more than a big fireworks show for the locals in terms of damage.
2013-04-24 11:00:02 PM
2 votes:

noneyourbase: Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.

Carnival Triumph, in Mobile's port undergoing repairs, was evacuated, and spectators were asked to move away from the waterfront.

There's your problem.


Goddammit, did Carnival piss off some gypsies or something?
2013-04-24 10:55:11 PM
2 votes:
Well, frack.
2013-04-24 10:55:09 PM
2 votes:
Muslim Native American environmentalist Tea Partiers - calling it.
2013-04-24 10:54:46 PM
2 votes:
Natural Gas seems like a horrible material to build a barge out of.
2013-04-24 10:53:41 PM
2 votes:

IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?


Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.
2013-04-24 10:34:26 PM
2 votes:
Somebody left the pressure cooker on.
2013-04-25 02:11:50 AM
1 votes:
Clearly, there's only one solution to this: lower taxes on oil and gas corporations, increase their subsidies, deregulate more, and for the love of God finally put in KeystoneXL.
2013-04-25 01:26:47 AM
1 votes:
Live video?
2013-04-25 01:25:11 AM
1 votes:

Lawnchair: 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.


The smart money says there'd be one hell of a BLEVE.
2013-04-25 01:04:42 AM
1 votes:

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 12:52:01 AM
1 votes:

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 12:49:15 AM
1 votes:

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 12:43:29 AM
1 votes:

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 12:38:39 AM
1 votes:

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 12:02:26 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-04-24 11:54:15 PM
1 votes:

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 11:53:07 PM
1 votes:

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 11:52:29 PM
1 votes:
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 11:41:01 PM
1 votes:
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RIP Large Marge

2013-04-24 11:39:45 PM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Freakin April

/It's the entire month
//probability storm season


For years now I have been convinced that there is some type of freaky evil curse on the month of April. I swear to god all the bad things that have ever happened, deaths, horrible accidents, all the tragedies and bad memories I have all happened in the month of April. This month is cursed I tells ya
2013-04-24 11:39:20 PM
1 votes:
2013-04-24 11:39:10 PM
1 votes:

Pointy Tail of Satan: What we need is a big-ass natural gas pipeline! Get right on that, Republicans!


and we can build orphanages and cancer wards on top of it because it'll be SAFE!
2013-04-24 11:36:34 PM
1 votes:

JustGetItRight: LordJiro: noneyourbase: Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.

Carnival Triumph, in Mobile's port undergoing repairs, was evacuated, and spectators were asked to move away from the waterfront.

There's your problem.

Goddammit, did Carnival piss off some gypsies or something?

It gets worse when you consider that cursed ship broke it's moorings and went floating around the bay just three weeks ago.

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/04/carnival_cruise_ship_triumph_b.html


Did you notice in this article that there were already one missing person from when a guard shack mysteriously 'blew over' earlier in the month.  It is starting to sound like they are filming Lethal Weapon 6 there.
2013-04-24 11:25:09 PM
1 votes:

AttawaYawattA: Now some boobies seem to be overexposed


You say that like it's a bad thing.
2013-04-24 11:24:50 PM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: Captain Steroid: Oh, what the dick? NOW what?! >_<

Occasionally dangerous stuff blows up, news at 11.

This is looking accidental - one explosion probably set off the next and so on.


Okay, from now on, NO ONE leave anything flammable south of the Mason-Dixon line!

\ I'm starting to feel like I'm in a Michael Bay movie, but without a Victoria's Secret model for a girlfriend. :-(
2013-04-24 11:22:53 PM
1 votes:
Third and fourth explosions reported in natural gas lines. Part of Austal, AL evacuated. Fire Dept is letting it burn, it's too unstable.
2013-04-24 11:20:34 PM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: Captain Steroid: Oh, what the dick? NOW what?! >_<

Occasionally dangerous stuff blows up, news at 11.

This is looking accidental - one explosion probably set off the next and so on.


thanks Alex Jones!
2013-04-24 11:18:28 PM
1 votes:
Bullshiat!

Everyone knows it was space aliens from Omicron Ceti 9, who plan to wipe us out in strange and not so creative ways.
2013-04-24 11:17:31 PM
1 votes:

thisisyourbrainonFark: "The Carnival Triumph, in Mobile's port undergoing repairs, was evacuated."

Lutz. Shoulda let that farker burn as well.


Bad actors on the Carnival ship, messing with the ship, causing all those problems at sea, and maybe they snuck off to fark with the handy gas ships?

/don't know if that was one of the damaged Carnival ships
2013-04-24 11:15:10 PM
1 votes:

Captain Steroid: Oh, what the dick? NOW what?! >_<


Occasionally dangerous stuff blows up, news at 11.

This is looking accidental - one explosion probably set off the next and so on.
2013-04-24 11:12:24 PM
1 votes:
If you want a picture of the future, imagine explosions on boats and stuff - forever.
2013-04-24 11:12:13 PM
1 votes:

Wireless Joe: Whatever it is, I credit small government and their refreshing lack of regulation.  We'll probably find out the barges were carrying 1,350 times the natural gas that would normally trigger safety oversight by the US Dept. of Homeland Security.


Oh, I'm sorry...the were already under DHS (Coast Guard) oversight by way of being a vessel that transported HAZMAT.
Really, just being a commercial vessel gets you Coast Guard inspections from time to time. One that hauls gas, even more often.

As far as West, TX goes, DHS oversight would have included: Is the fence high enough? Is the facility locked at night? Do they have adequate security in place? Nothing about proper storage and fire prevention in there.

I'll be interested to see what becomes of both investigations though.
2013-04-24 11:10:57 PM
1 votes:

LordJiro: noneyourbase: Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.

Carnival Triumph, in Mobile's port undergoing repairs, was evacuated, and spectators were asked to move away from the waterfront.

There's your problem.

Goddammit, did Carnival piss off some gypsies or something?


It gets worse when you consider that cursed ship broke it's moorings and went floating around the bay just three weeks ago.

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/04/carnival_cruise_ship_triumph_b.html
2013-04-24 11:09:39 PM
1 votes:
It never ends, this shiat.
2013-04-24 11:09:27 PM
1 votes:

Sock Ruh Tease: Muslim Native American environmentalist Tea Partiers - calling it.


Damn wizards.  The pureblood movement must be gaining ground again.
2013-04-24 11:06:39 PM
1 votes:
jeez, can't stand next to anything anymore
2013-04-24 11:04:37 PM
1 votes:
The barge Captain was quoted saying "That's my boat."
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2013-04-24 11:03:13 PM
1 votes:
Fox News has reported that the blasts may have been caused by 19 year old Zooey Deschanel.
2013-04-24 11:02:55 PM
1 votes:

IronTom: Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.

Too many bad things all bunched together, is suspicious.


Was the explosion at the fertilizer factory in Texas terrorism?
2013-04-24 11:01:06 PM
1 votes:
I said it before. I'll say it again.

If your industry has the ability to do massive damage to yourself/the surrounding area/civilians, you should be regulated as hard as nuclear power is now.
2013-04-24 11:00:10 PM
1 votes:

skremnjava: this April won't quit. I hate to see what the 30th will be like.  The Apocalypse perhaps?


...The day I go to the VD clinic.

AAAAAHHHH!
2013-04-24 10:59:00 PM
1 votes:
Fourth explosion just reported.
2013-04-24 10:56:39 PM
1 votes:
Pray for Omarion.
2013-04-24 10:56:29 PM
1 votes:

Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.


Carnival Triumph, in Mobile's port undergoing repairs, was evacuated, and spectators were asked to move away from the waterfront.

There's your problem.
2013-04-24 10:56:05 PM
1 votes:
Speculation would be for it to not be terrorism, terrorists would have targeted the cruise ship (like they did the USS Cole) and not a natural gas barge.
2013-04-24 10:54:37 PM
1 votes:

Nina Haagen Dazs: IronTom: It could be terrorism, no?

Or an accident? Possibly negligence? Must every bad thing be terrorism? That word is beginning to lose it's punch.


Too many bad things all bunched together, is suspicious.
2013-04-24 10:38:44 PM
1 votes:
Freakin April

/It's the entire month
//probability storm season
 
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