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(9 News)   Sometimes you can't top the original headline: "Workers sickened by gas leak at Boulder burrito company"   (9news.com) divider line 21
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2014-07-22 12:28:10 AM  
Really?
 
2014-07-22 12:58:50 AM  
Burritos made from boulders must be hard to digest.

DNRTFA. Could you guess?
 
2014-07-22 01:47:48 AM  

MrBallou: Burritos made from boulders must be hard to digest.


They're for very large alligators.
 
2014-07-22 01:49:57 AM  
An egg white and spinach burrito will do that...
 
2014-07-22 01:52:12 AM  
Vent radioactive gas? No.

Venting prevents explosion? Ok fine vent the stupid gas.
 
2014-07-22 02:07:39 AM  

fusillade762: MrBallou: Burritos made from boulders must be hard to digest.

They're for very large alligators.


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Or very small ones.
 
2014-07-22 02:16:02 AM  
Damn. That really stinks.
 
2014-07-22 02:24:08 AM  
Umm, what kind of batteries vent carbon monoxide while charging? That's what the article says, so either it's a battery I don't know about, or reporter is at the end of a game of telephone.
 
2014-07-22 02:25:36 AM  
pickled egg and refried bean burritos for everyone!
 
2014-07-22 02:28:49 AM  
Assholes, make your own goddamned burritos. They're super farking easy. Seriously, Mexicans can do it.
 
2014-07-22 02:48:34 AM  
For a relatively small town, Boulder seems to make the news a hell of a lot.
 
2014-07-22 03:12:35 AM  

browntimmy: For a relatively small town, Boulder seems to make the news a hell of a lot.


Boulder exists outside of normal reality.
 
2014-07-22 03:27:45 AM  

Omahawg: pickled egg and refried bean burritos for everyone!


The Old Lady has forbidden me to ever again eat pickled eggs, the last time I did it took days to ventilate the house enough to allow the dog to come back in and till this day both the dog and the Old Lady flinch if I pass gas
 
2014-07-22 03:31:42 AM  
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2014-07-22 03:36:37 AM  

Pribar: Omahawg: pickled egg and refried bean burritos for everyone!

The Old Lady has forbidden me to ever again eat pickled eggs, the last time I did it took days to ventilate the house enough to allow the dog to come back in and till this day both the dog and the Old Lady flinch if I pass gas


I don't like any eggs aside from scrambled, but I might be able to choke down some pickled eggs if it means terrorizing the wife with pickled egg farts. I woke her up, once, with Mama Celeste pizza farts. That was a good, hilarious day.
 
2014-07-22 04:11:06 AM  
I'm surprised the plant is closed so tight that a few fork lift batteries charging would offgas enough to make people sick.

I think the owner was trying to blow the place up for the insurance but the gas he was pumping in never lit up.
 
2014-07-22 05:47:42 AM  

wildcardjack: Umm, what kind of batteries vent carbon monoxide while charging? That's what the article says, so either it's a battery I don't know about, or reporter is at the end of a game of telephone.


In searching further on this, I found stuff dating back to the mid 90's that CO detectors will false-positive on a number of gases, including hydrogen sulfide. The most comprehensive item that directly tied to batteries is somebody's stinky blog.

Several times a year,  emergency responders and others will respond to a CO alarm that is not coming from a source that can possibly produce CO.

One common example of mistaken diagnosis suggests that carbon monoxide can come from a charging car battery or a charging electric golf cart or fork lift. (If you see a news story like this, please know that it is wrong.) This is a hydrogen cross sensitivity issue. In this charging process, there often is an out-gassing of hydrogen and the uninformed technician or consumer is unaware of this phenomenon and then the "chase for the ghosts" of CO begins. This can be frustrating and has proven to be costly.


I found stuff on firefighter web sites  (warning: some annoying pop-ups on this site) dating back to the mid 1990s on this issue.

Personnel responding to CO calls need to be aware of the limitations and interferences that can affect CO detectors. CO detectors are electrochemical sensors, which detect a variety of specific gases. In most cases, the gas of interest reacts with the chemical solution in the sensing electrode to produce ions (charged particles) that move through the solution to an electron-accepting electrode, completing an electric circuit. The number of ions produced and the magnitude of the current developed are proportional to the concentration of the gas being measured.

Interfering gases of similar molecular size and chemical reactivity may produce false positive response. Major interferents that can affect CO detectors are acetylene, dimethyl sulfide, ethyl alcohol, ethylene, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, isopropyl alcohol, mercaptan, methyl alcohol, propane, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide.


 So, the "game of telephone" is appropriate. The FD should know about this, and the info was probably, "we have indications of carbon monoxide,  but are still investigating." (Or you have a HazMat team with a new whizz-bang detector toy, and they didn't read the fine print.) It won't get corrected, and even if it does, now in warehouses all over, people will be insisting that their workplace mitigate a hazard that doesn't exist. "I read it on the internet, boss."
 
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2014-07-22 06:44:57 AM  

Pribar: Omahawg: pickled egg and refried bean burritos for everyone!

The Old Lady has forbidden me to ever again eat pickled eggs, the last time I did it took days to ventilate the house enough to allow the dog to come back in and till this day both the dog and the Old Lady flinch if I pass gas


Turn the table on her and demand to know why she didn't take you to see a doctor.
 
2014-07-22 08:22:57 AM  
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Why he chose Enchilada night I will never know.
 
2014-07-22 08:38:37 AM  
When I want a burrito, I want it factory-made in America.
 
2014-07-22 10:51:51 AM  
Others have picked up on it, but it scares me to think police/fire officials think batteries can produce carbon monoxide.
 
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