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cool fire at work today...

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  1. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    about 200 feet from my hangar, we had barrels of shaved magnisium blow up...took a few hours to put out....but it was like the 4th of july....and the fire was about 50 feet awy from the fuel barn...:ph34r:
     
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    Holy crap! that magnisium can be some dangerous stuff. I forget what it burns at but I know its hot as hell. Did HAZMAT have to deal with it?
     
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    You kinda have to let it fizzle out. Sand may help, but it may also just turn it into glass. Another sikorsky facility had this type of fire 2 months ago. Someone needs to read the MSDS again.
     
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    Capt. Orygun Win the Day

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    magnesium fires FTW!

    do you know it will burn under water?
     
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    Magnesium is also flammable, burning at a temperature of approximately 2500 K (2200 °C, 4000 °F).
     
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    all i can think of is that macgyver episode where where he smashes out the spokes of the wheel chair to make a torch... lol
     
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    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    wow, I'm surprized as shit that the news didn't cover this fire...

    anyways... grab a block of mag, tool it down with drills and mills, and get a box of shavings...also, when your milling the mag, cooling fluids and oils are used....now put all those shavings in a barrel, and hope that someone else didn't dump some other chemical in with the shavings, and seal the barrel. Now set the barrel next to 20-30 other barrels, that has the same stuff, and leave them outside waiting to be picked up by a truck to transport them somewhere.

    Temperature differences lately has been insane, I guess thats why they popped. One day were in the 30's, and the next day it tapped in the high 80's...sun and metal barrels can fry an egg when the temps are just right...spontaneous combustion happened...

    First the barrel will go into a fizzling mode, bring the mag to a flash point, and when it hits that point...it's just a bomb...looking directly at burning mag will blind you, the heat is insane...and the smoke is toxic when mixed with other shit.. But 200 feet away...it's just amazing...

    stupid vid...and that would be just about 1/2 pound of mag....now think what 20 barrels of the stuff would be like...

    magnesium - Google Video

    :ph34r:
     
  8. 801CRX

    801CRX Got Rice?

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    Shit you musta had a fantabulous day at work than huh?
     
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    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    not really...I had a daily to do on an S-92, so I couldn't stay outside and watch the fire. Then I has ALSE training at 6:00 am.
     
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    The kid giggling like a little girl on that video is crackin me up, though.
     
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    lol at the kid doing jumping jacks behind the fire! lol
     
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    any idea how much they put into the pit?
     
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    Stupid fuckers spraying water on it!!!

    It woulda been great if the magnesium caught fire when they were leaned over the fire pit.
     
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    I'd say about 1/2 a pound of shavings...
     
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    We used to buy those survival fire starters, the block of magnesium with a flint striker on top, put them into a drill press and grind them into big piles of shavings. We used it mainly for entertainment purposes, melting glass, burning holes through steel and rodents etc.
     
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    On rodents holly hell man
     
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    ROFL

    the kid tried to put it out with a garden hose!

    Science>Teenagers
     
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    I wanna kill that kid that was cackling. That is pretty interesting though. I have only used those magnesium fire starters for starting fires. I never really thought of grinding it down.
     
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    That video is awesome. I remember good times playing with magnesium powder in high school. Some friends and I made some thermite and ignited it with the MG. I didn't think to pour water on it.
    Listening > You

    You can hear the guy running the camera telling him to wait until its at its at its "pinnacle" to spray it. Seemed pretty obvious to me they knew what was going to happen, especially since they were geeking out so hard.
     
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