I worked in a paint plant long ago and I knew this was possible if you didn't follow protocols. There were some really dumb people working there too. One component that can blow up real good is nitrocellulose. Big tanks full of MEK, Acetone and other volatiles burn nicely. I got out after a couple years. Later the place had a nasty fire but did not go kaboom.
I worked in an auto firm with a paint shop and during our induction they told us that if this paint shop is to catch fire then it has the capacity to wipe out the entire city. By city they basically meant anything within a 10km radius.
The output of this plant was around 1million vehicles per year.
A couple other videos and more info in [this article](https://www.10tv.com/article/news/local/man-found-dead-8-injured-after-explosion-in-northeast-columbus/530-02f3d2e5-024f-4dac-bb9a-da1de48aa03c). The company involved has a history of violations at the plant, more info in [this article](https://www.10tv.com/article/news/investigations/10-investigates/yenkin-majestic-has-history-of-violations-fires-and-previous-worker-death/530-8b8c45c2-6f90-4b2b-89eb-6128845caa5d).
I get access denied on both links :/
Columbus, OH. To clarify because there’s so many
Thank you, that sounds like an abbreviation of a US state.
I wish US users would write "Columbus, US". How are people supposed to know that there aren't other cities called Columbus in, say, Australia? I wish this was a mod rule for titles.
Which chemical caused the boom?
Having not had time to look into this specific incident, I’d wager: toluene, xylene, styrene, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, or some combination thereof.
The mix itself will depend on a number of factors.
I live within a mile of this Paint factory. Every brick in my house shook with the blast, and all the windows rattled. I was sure a tree had fallen and knocked over the chimney. The neighbors thought someone crashed into their garage. Everyone in the neighborhood was out in the street.
I've experienced an earthquake and witnessed a volcano erupt, but this explosion was intense unlike anything else. I'm still a little disappointed every house on the block didn't get a fresh coat of paint.
Cant wait for the USCSB investigation on this one
im not an expert with paint plants but ill be honest, shit looks broke
Yah, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to do that.
I used to work at this place 6 years ago and let me tell you if it’s anything like the way it was when I worked there this was bound to happen and it wasn’t a paint plant it was a Polymer and copolymer plant
Care to elaborate? I mean fuck it, you don't work there anymore, right? Spill that shit
Is everyone ok? Sounds naive, but I need to know.
1 fatality, 8 injured.
40 workers inside at the time of the explosion.
Is 2021 the year of explosions?? I swear i have seen atleast 5-6 posts on this sub alone about explosions in 2021
My little pet theory is that because many places went into reduced capacity to were shutdown, maintenance and inspections went way down. We are only starting to see things slowly start back up. As more industries open up as more and more people are getting vaccinated we are going to see what happens when places fall behind on maintenance and inspection. Also some things were not meant to be shutdown for extended periods of time so it is possible some issues are rearing into the forefront.
I heard the boom then felt the shockwave last night. I figured it might be an explosion.
A friend of mines brother was the man missing and found dead. He tried too stop the explosion by cooling the tanks, he pretty much saved a lot of lives by minimizing the explosion. Could have been a lot worst.
I guess this was wishful thinking, but I'm disappointed this was a regular explosion and not a bunch of colorful paint being blown everywhere.
This isn’t a gender reveal.
Duh fuck is going on with paint factories? I paint houses and there's a shortage because the factories in Texas got jacked up from the ice storm. Now this.
It's not just house paint, I was told this week that highway painters have officially notified my department that they expect supply issues with getting the epoxy they use to put down the pavement markings. And the construction season has barely started, May is the usual kickoff time.
Inkling special move.
I got that reference.
Can't wait for the USCSB video on this
Are they making paint with TNT?
No, but large barrels of Acetone,
Toluene, MEK, or
Dimethylformamide are probably pretty volatile things to have lying around.
TIL paint is explosive.
the paint isn't. The chemicals you use to make it can be.
I thought the Blue Jackets finally scored a goal.
I bet that came out of the blue.
Username checks out.
After the Beirut explosion, whenever I see a video like this I have kind of an expectation that the first boom will be followed by a second gargantuan boom that rattles the camera no matter how far it is
Wow... that black smoke cloud 😳 All of the chemicals that must’ve been released, awful!
Ooh, what is that, Tranquil Charcoal?
Is it just me or has their been a string of industrial fires/explosions in the last couple months?
[https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/08/us/ohio-paint-facility-explosion/index.html](https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/08/us/ohio-paint-facility-explosion/index.html) credit to u/Tr0tzk0pf who dropped the link below, the content was so short i pasted it here:
>(CNN)An explosion at a paint manufacturing facility in Ohio left several injured, two critically, and one person unaccounted for, according officials in Columbus.
>Firefighters who responded just after midnight to reports of an explosion were met by five employees evacuating the building who were transported to hospitals in stable condition, City of Columbus assistant public information officer Rebecca Diehm said Thursday.
>Two people who were trapped in the building were removed and transported in critical condition to Ohio State University Hospital, Diehm said.
>Authorities looking for staff inside the facility determined one person was missing and after "a thorough search of the building," said "that person has yet to be located."
>The cause of the explosion and fire, which brought over 100 firefighters to the scene, is under investigation.
>Diehm added that local businesses nearby had been closed for the evening and no residential evacuations were necessary.
"missing" after an explosion is a hell death imho
Not colorful enough 3/10
One guy died and eight were injured. Worst yet, this eight will eventually recover and continue to live and work in Ohio. One man lucky to escape such a fate. /s
Downvoters never been to Ohio.
I live near this plant. I was sitting in my room, headphones on, having a very tense battle with a couple friends in the game outriders, and I felt a slight tremor in my room. I was so distracted by the game, I kept rationalizing it my head as possibly leaning back too far in by chair, or kicking something. It wasn't till my mom texted me that I realized I had felt a nearby explosion
Even the paint hatte America
They treat everything of color like shit. So probably the color was fed up to get locked up in metal cases for no other reason than existing.
For some reason this is reminding me of that scene of The Last of Us at the beginning of the outbreak.
That's gotta be one of the pretties explosions I've seen.
After the Beirut and China explosions these little ones just don’t do it for me anymore.
"CODE 9 AT THE OLD PAINT PLANT! REPEAT, CODE 9! AM PROCEEDING ON FOOT. BRING EASELS!"
Reminds me of an old joke. Two ships collide. One carrying blue paint the other red. Survivors were said to be marooned.
Chemical explosions are fucking wild.
Always makes me think of that huge one in china.
And that one angle where you see some poor guy in what looks like a lobby walking to a door and a second later everything just blows away. The walls, the glass, the fucking ceiling and floor. Rip whoever that was
What a colorful disaster
Larry forgot to turn off the Mr Coffee...
I was just drifting off to sleep when my whole house shook from this. It was jarring.
So many street lights on almost empty roads,there is no way humanity can stop the pollution.
Columbus Ohio or Columbus, somewhere else lol?
But but...how does this keep happening. There is “oNlY a fEw bAd cOpS” /s
Videos, gifs, or aftermath photos of machinery, structures, or devices that have failed catastrophically during operation.