And unlike at most of the blazes the department fights, this time workers at the site “worked hand-in-hand with firefighters over the next hour. Copyright © 2020 KABC-TV. That’s north of East Seven Mile, and just east of Mount Elliott. On Tuesday morning, the Detroit Fire Department fought fire with dry sand and rock salt at a plant on the city’s east side. “Magnesium, when it ignites, it burns with a white-hot heat, and you can’t use water to put it out, Fornell said. Secondly, metal powders, particularly Aluminum, Magnesium, Chromium, Titanium, Thorium, Iron, Tantalum, Zinc react with water and generate hydrogen gas. Video posted byÂ watchthisusaÂ shows some video footage of a fire in some sort of a magnesium container in Goldwater, Michigan. The firefighter (Nozzleman) was transported to the hospital by Cetronia Paramedics. Firefighters on scene could not extinguish the fire and instead let the fire burn through the night so it could burn itself out after it had made its way through all the mag… When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to two storage bins, Fornell said. Hand Sanitizer Explosion Kills 2, Injures 3. In this case, dry sand and rock salt. All Rights Reserved. Explosion prevention and protection measures are important when processing/ handling mental powders. Kamala Harris calls Chicago nurse on Thanksgiving to thank her, Carpenter makes free desks for students in need, Bears name Trubisky starting QB vs. Packers, US appeals court rejects Trump appeal over Pennsylvania race, Northbrook murder suspect added to U.S. “It started with a “minor explosion,” and ended with firefighters and plant employees working “hand-in-hand”. © 2020 Stonehouse Process Safety. Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: There are a number of reasons why metal dust explosions are particularly hazardous. Fires are generally smothered to extinguish since water cannot be used. Engine 12 (LC3711) arrived and supplied Engine 1 with water. Chemical Fire Fought with Sand, Rock Salt on Detroit’s East Side. 5 Magnesium explosion occurs when a firefighter hoses down a stolen pick-up truck on fire . All rights reserved. 3,100 customers without power. Winter Outlook 2020: How cold, snowy will Chicago be this year? As for the building itself, it’s “pretty well-intact after the explosion, Fornell said. Such a fire can’t be extinguished with water, Fornell said; it must be smothered with dry sand. It all started with a “minor explosion in a machine that processes magnesium at a metal processing plant on the 19300 blocks of Filer. More than 100 firefighters began battling the stubborn flames in the 3500 block of Fruitland Avenue at about 2:31 a.m. And thirdly, “fresh metal surfaces could even be pyrophoric. Safe Use of Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) – Requirements of NFPA 652. The trailer burned at 2,030 degrees Fahrenheit, which melted the aluminum and steel trailer. “There’s no damage to the structure. @abc7leo en route. “They knew what they were doing, Fornell said of the employees. Of the three buildings on site, the explosion took place in a building where the company processes magnesium. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted list, Thanksgiving leftovers recipes: Give new life to leftover turkey, Amazon to give frontline workers $300 bonus, Holiday leftovers guide: How long foods last, Chicago Weather: Partly cloudy, chilly Friday. The firefighter that was handed the nozzle allowed the magnesium to darken down before continuing the extinguishment of the vehicle, using both water and foam, without further incident. The following text is an extract from The Detroit News of July 25th, 2017 by JAME DAVID DICKSON It has been redacted to remove company names. On March 30, 1988, there was a tractor-trailer explosion in Chicago causing 200 people to evacuate from two different factories. Hydrogen gas is very easily ignitable over a very wide concentration range. Â We give credit to Statter911 for finding this video. Roanoke, Virginia A stolen pick-up truck that someone dumped and set fire to getting hosed down by a Raonoke firefighter. Electrical Area Classification OR Hazardous Area Classification. No one was hurt. Magnesium fires cannot be extinguished by Firstly, dust cloud explosion temperatures and pressures for most organic materials are limited to about 2,300oC and 9 barg respectively. MAYWOOD, Calif. -- More than 4,000 people were without power Tuesday morning after a multi-alarm fire broke out at a commercial building in Maywood, Los Angeles County fire officials said. Â Description of the fire is below. They’re trained; it’s their job. No spam, Your email address will only be used for Stonehouse's Monthly Newsletter. The sand and rock salt were already on site. The tractor-trailer was full of 91% pure magnesium. WATCH LIVE: Firefighters battle explosive blaze in Maywood structure fire. “These people deal with this every day. #BREAKINGNEWS Multi-alarm fire at 3570 Fruitland Ave. in Maywood. When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to two storage bins, Fornell said. In contrast, explosion temperatures and pressures for most metals can reach around 3,500oC and 12 barg, and some metals such as magnesium can react with the nitrogen in the air, generating even higher values. This was at about 5:10 a.m., said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department. “The water turns to steam and causes minor explosions, which spreads the material. How is Static Electricity Generated in My Facility? A Los Angeles County firefighter grabs a hose while helping fight a commercial structure fire in Maywood on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. pic.twitter.com/U1eRejAKac. As the firefighters approached the interior of the cab, the dash exploded from the violent reaction with water being introduced to the magnesium. “A fire broke out shortly before 5 p.m. Friday at the Real Alloy south plant at 267 N. Filmore Road in Coldwater. They’ve got the equipment, they’ve got the expertise, they know what valves to turn on and off. Of the three buildings on site, the explosion took place in a building where the company processes magnesium. “Magnesium, when it ignites, it burns with a white-hot heat, and you can’t use water to put it out, Fornell said. IL reports 7,594 new coronavirus cases, 66 deaths, Elderly man, woman found dead after NW Side blaze: Chicago fire. His gloves and coat were burned from the magnesium. When water hits under the steering column a magnesium explosion occurs.