BLEVE: Facts, Risk Factors, and Fallacies

BY David F. PetersonCrescent City. Kingman. Waverly. Memphis. Do these cities mean anything to you? They should! They are locations of disasters involving liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that killed 37 people combined–including 17 firefighters–and injured more than 200 people. How about Warwick, Quebec, Canada, and Burnside, Illinois? These cities also witnessed tragedies over the past eight years involving LPG tanks that failed because of flame impingement, killing six firefighters and injuring five. Click here to enlarge imageImagine you are settling into bed on a cold evening in early spring and you get called to a propane tank fire a couple of miles out of town. The dispatche...

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