Monday, February 12, 2018

Safe Clean Natural Gas is an oxymoron! again

Safe Clean Natural Gas is an oxymoron!
What is BLEVE?
A BLEVE is short for
"boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion,"

Truck carrying natural gas bursts into flames on highway in China
Fox News 19

HEBEI, China (KTRK) --

A truck loaded with liquefied natural gas turned over and erupted into a fireball on a highway in northern China Sunday.

Video shows a witness who captured the fire on camera quickly back up as the flames spread across the road and to nearby cars.

Two people in the truck were rushed to the hospital with serious burns.

is short for
"boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion,"

MENDHAM - When Craig Bellamy got the call of a fire in trash truck at the Village Shopping Center on Dec. 28, he was hoping he wouldn't be walking into a BLEVE, one of the most dreaded and potentially dangerous types of fires.

In firefighters terminology, a BLEVE is short for "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion,"
caused by the
rupture of a vessel containing a pressurized liquid above its boiling point.

In this case, the liquid was compressed natural gas, the fuel for the trash truck, which, if ignited, can shoot out a powerful burst of fire almost like a blow torch, according to Bellamy, the borough's fire official.

The gas tank did rupture and the explosion severely damaged four businesses at the shopping center. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

A similar incident occurred in Madison just before rush hour on Tuesdsay, Jan. 24. A garbage truck fueled by compressed natural gas caught fire. Police arrived to find the cab engulfed in flames while the occupants were able to escape without injuries.

The two incidents, along with 12 others reported in New Jersey and around the U.S., have led the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy to prepare classes on fighting fires involving compressed natural gas.

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