February 2006

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HPIn Europe: Another lesson in the physics of the thermobaric bomb

As we rounded the corner, we saw the gasoline tanker crashed into the side of a passenger coach, a person on the ground to the rear of the tanker. A small passenger car was engulfed in flames some fiv..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As we rounded the corner, we saw the gasoline tanker crashed into the side of a passenger coach, a person on the ground to the rear of the tanker. A small passenger car was engulfed in flames some five or six meters to windward. That was on a Thursday. It had already been a long week. On the following Sunday, some kind of large explosion gave rise to the well-reported Buncefield terminal fire at a Total-operated site 20 km north of London. I had been at the Swedish Rescue Service Agency's school at Skövde in Sweden and the "long week" had been spent studying hazardous chemicals – the final part of my basic training as a part-time fireman. It gave me an unexpected perspective on t

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