The Dangers of Hydrogen-Based Experimental Fuels

Issue 11 and Volume 167.

BY RICHARD STILP AND ARMANDO BEVELACQUA On September 26, 2013, a loud explosion occurred in downtown Orlando, Florida. The explosion shook several high-rises in the downtown area and rocked the Orlando fire station several blocks away. The fire department responded to an unmarked warehouse on the corner of the railroad and Jefferson Street, just two blocks away. On arrival, firefighters saw no signs of fire, but they noted a large cloud of smoky dust behind the building. The inside of the building was also filled with a large amount of dust in the air, and there was evidence of an explosion in that light fixtures were dangling by their wires and drop ceilings were strewed across the floor. Insulation was lying everywhere. While members evaluated the building, they noted a large hole approximately 50 feet wide by 20 feet high on the north side (rear/side C) of the building. All…

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