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Dangerous fossil fuels

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News reports are starting to emerge on a horrifyingly large fuel-air explosion, and continuing explosions and fires, at a propane distribution depot in Toronto.

This is seriously not cool. Despite the terrifyingly large vapor explosions, reports thus far are that there have been no major injuries or fatalities – hopefully it stays that way.


Written by Luke Weston

August 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm

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  1. Two injured only by the initial blast.

    This is potentially much worse than a natural gas explosion. Unlike natural gas, propane is heavier than air and any unburned gas would settle in lowest cavities like a subway station, sewer, valley etc. There may be pockets of unburnt fuel that could ignite randomly before this comes to an end.


    August 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm

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