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coolhandluck
04-21-2012, 04:56 PM
Now I know what BLEVE means

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20450892/propane-tank-explodes-mcdonalds-near-coachella-festival-injuring


A propane tank in the back of a pick-up truck exploded Saturday afternoon in a McDonald's drive-through near the Coachella music festival, injuring the truck driver, destroying the truck, burning part of the restaurant and damaging another car 75 feet away that was hit by another propane tank from the same truck.

The explosion was caused by static electricity when the driver of the Chevrolet pick-up touched the valve of a propane tank because a bystander told him it was leaking, said Justin McGough, battalion chief with Riverside County Fire Department. The propane in the tank had expanded because of temperatures over 100 degrees, causing it to BLEVE - boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion - McGough said.

The family had picked up two propane tanks earlier that day - one five gallons and the other 50 gallons. The smaller tank, which the driver checked, exploded and launched the second tank 75 feet, where it hit another vehicle, according to McGough.

"An on-duty Indio police lieutenant was on scene and managed to move 10 to 15 onlookers within seconds of it BLEVE-ing, so kudos to that lieutenant," McGough said.

Some of those onlookers drove the injured man to John M. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, McGough said.

The McDonald's is at the corner of Avenue 48 and Jackson Street in Coachella, about 2.5 miles from the entrance to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

And here's some video from facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=287453268006811

JustSteve
04-21-2012, 07:28 PM
shit. not good times.

Sensuality
04-21-2012, 09:27 PM
Too bad this didnt happen in the middle of Sahara during Guetta's set :(

Michelle760
04-21-2012, 10:56 PM
Crazy!!

fatbastard
04-22-2012, 05:56 AM
Someone got a fingernail in their quarter pounder.

gaypalmsprings
04-22-2012, 07:31 AM
I think this is the photo...

http://c438342.r42.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/nuclear_explosion1.jpg

baily
04-22-2012, 06:06 PM
dang!!!! note: don't mess with propane in 100 degree temp....

what an act of random....suckness

hope he's ok...that sucks

Grant
04-22-2012, 06:20 PM
damn that sucks

Hawkings
04-26-2012, 07:28 PM
I hate when that happens! I bet the guy that ordered food behind him had to wait forever! In a related story Explosions in the Sky and At the Drive In are forming a super group Explosions At the Drive-Through

anonimouse
04-27-2012, 10:55 AM
i saw the smoke from this on the ride in. pretty crazy/unfortunate

syrrus101
04-27-2012, 11:05 AM
Cant decide if GayPS or Hawk gets the award for best post...

Both made me lulz

juloxx
04-27-2012, 11:11 AM
where is Hank Hill when you need him



Too bad this didnt happen in the middle of Sahara during Guetta's set :(

One can dream

Goatchella
04-27-2012, 11:13 AM
Anyone eating here should be blown up

heyeric
04-27-2012, 11:25 AM
@1:54

Ec_Frf_EAsg

citizenerased
04-27-2012, 12:41 PM
^ damn!

Riggins33
04-27-2012, 12:43 PM
I hate when that happens! I bet the guy that ordered food behind him had to wait forever! In a related story Explosions in the Sky and At the Drive In are forming a super group Explosions At the Drive-Through

LULZ.

Michelle760
04-28-2012, 12:39 AM
Pretty insane.lol. glad I wasn't there