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Local FJ Cruiser goes Boom!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bowtie85, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Bowtie85

    Bowtie85 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Found this on a local forum today. Figured I should post it up.

    Quote "So my time almost came to an end this morning... im very lucky to be alive.

    First of all, GO HUG YOUR WIFE/HUBBY and tell them you love them.

    i had an acetylene bottle in my truck, the valve was bumped so slightly and over night the truck filled with the gas. i noticed the smell, and opened the doors to air out the truck. i drove the truck out of the garage to get some more air movement. i went to roll the pass side window down and as soon as i touched the power windows. BAM. with me in the truck. i lost all hearing out of my right ear and got a scratch on the back of my head. all things considering, im alive.

    so now ive got the question out to toyota about a 2012 TT. 125 to canada only, 15 in standard. i want a standard...

    pictures tell 1000 words.

    dont take any minutes or seconds you have for granted... it may be your last...

    peace everyone,"


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  2. chalet2506

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    holy chit
     
  3. spongeidys

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    damn... super lucky that hes alive
     
  4. Fordum

    Fordum 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Dang it, I don't have a wife. Can I borrow someone else's to hug???


    That looks like an acetylene explosion OK, Really fast, lot of volume but not a lot of major damage.

    I know, I know, that is a lot of damage, but the main frame structure was not torn or sheered.
    It just mostly blew the sheet metal off.
    Thats why Big Bang Cannons are so safe. They don't develop a lot of pressure. If he had opened all the doors and back hatch, it might have been repairable.

    He said he did, but I doubt it. Otherwise why was he rolling down the window.

    He was lucky that it did not go off when he opened the door.
     
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    My brother saw it at the salvage yard today, he was looking for some parts for his tundra.. He told me to look for it on the other forum but I saw it on here first! Brutal to say the least..


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  6. Bowtie85

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    Cant believe that the guy walked away with out any serious injuries. Pretty crazy stuff for sure though.
     
  7. y5mgisi

    y5mgisi 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Damn! Lucky!
     
  8. 63chevyll

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    Wow, local gas and welding shops need to post this up for customers to see.

    Now....I have 3 medium 02 bottles in my burban, but caps are sealed and no acetylene
     
  9. Russell

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    Yikes! I wouldn't put a compressed gas cylinder in the cabin with me, explosive or not! That's crazy man! I'm going to print this thread off and take it to work. Some of the guys there are known to put calibration gas cylinder with 2000 PSI of H2S in the cab with them to keep it warm!
     
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    Prime example reassuring me why the Pops won't let us have acetylene inside a sealed garage.

    Glad to hear he is okay.
     
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    Man, what a story to tell. Lucky to be alive is SUCH an understatement.
     
  12. lectric80

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    Glad he is alive, but a couple of observations:

    1. The bottle cap is designed to prevent damage to the valve, and it is clear it was not installed in this case. Had it been this probably never would have happened.
    2. You have a bottle of flammable gas inside a vehicle overnight? It is one thing to take it where it needs to go, but never leave something like this overnight.
    3. He is damn lucky opening the door didn't spark it, which could have had him right in the line of fire of the shrapnel. It most likely would have blown him off his feet.

    Sad to see this happen, but all it takes is a little common sense to prevent accidents like this.
     
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    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu........ :eek1:
     
  15. wasted wages

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    yeah.....all of our techs carry oxy-act rigs in their vans.....

    we show this to every single tech we hire......:waytogo:
     
  16. TheWarbeast

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    Since I drive a suburban I have to put the tanks inside the truck. But I have enough sense to open a window.


    Did this make the news? Anyone know?
     
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    Agreed.
    I will add, this is how the natural breed selection happens, unfortunately this time it didn't quite work.:rolleyes:
    If I had been so dumb to put one in my vehicle overnight, if I had noticed the next morning that there was a leak, first thing I would have done would be to turn off the pilot light in my furnace in the garage, and second would be to open the doors and the garage door and then remove the bottle from my vehicle and take it outside.
    I would definitely NOT start the car, or do anything that could spark.
     
  18. wasted wages

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    not all acetylene bottles have caps....

    there are thousands and thousands of HVAC/Refrigeration/Plumbing repair vans running around with these little bombs inside of them...

    MC rigs....no caps....crappy little stems to open and close the valve....they leak a lot......

    I can't tell you how many times I climbed into my service van and smelled the acetylene .... got out real slow and careful.....opened up all the doors of the van and let it air out...:eek1:

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    here's a shortlist of what we carry in the service vans:

    2 MC acetylene bottles.
    2 R size oxygen bottles
    1 40 CF Nitrogen bottle
    1 40 CF CO2 bottle
    120 lbs R-22
    120 lbs R-404a
    30 lbs R-134a
    30 lbs R-410
    2 small propane or MAPP gas bottles.
     
  19. lectric80

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    Never seen those, but if I was storing those in a private vehicle they still wouldn't be in there over night. Most likely I would have a vent put into the side of the van near them to help vent and prevent this, but I haven't ever been in that position.
     
  20. MattC.

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    Lol!

    Wow, FYI if you can smell it, it can explode. Methyl mercaptha is the egg smell in Nat. Gas for an identifier. If the gas is in too dence of a state the egg smell can go away, its there you just can't smell it. As you aired out your truck and garage you simply allowed more oxygen to the mixture... Lol!
     

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