The Transportation of Explosives in Cities

The Transportation of Explosives in Cities

The hazard of the transportation of explosives, fireworks, etc., through populous city streets by means of motor trucks is pointed out by a writer in this week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The ordinances of many cities forbid the moving of such dangerous material through the crowded sections of the municipality in any way, but, as Mr. Wedger points out, this law is sometimes allowed to become a dead letter and is violated with impunity in some instances.

It is only when some striking case of such carelessness results in a serious accident with loss of life that the authorities are spurred to action and then for a time the law will be enforced. Two incidents of this kind occurred in McKees Rocks, near Pittsburgh, Pa., within a few days of each other recently and these only emphasize the dangers pointed out in the article. One of these explosions and fires arose from the backfiring of a motor truck loaded with fireworks and the other from a blaze in a fireworks store, started by a fire cracker in the hands of a child.

Not until stricter laws are placed on the statute books of cities regulating the transportation and sale of such dangerous explosives and these laws are more rigidly enforced, will such occurrences be stopped.

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