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Old 03-23-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Don't do dat!

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Old 03-23-2020, 04:36 PM   #2
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:56 PM   #3
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More proof that smoking will kill you.
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Old 03-23-2020, 05:54 PM   #4
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:20 PM   #5
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I guess that would be a headphone.
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:36 PM   #6
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Hard to figure out what he was doing that caused the propane tank to explode. Was he cutting the propane tank with his torch? Was there a propane leak that was ignited by his cigarette?
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:21 PM   #7
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Wow. that's crazy. wonder if insurance covers stupidity.
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:23 AM   #8
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If you notice at the bottom of the piece, a youth had an e-cigarette/vape-arette blow up as well. Things that make you go hmmmmmmm !
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Old 03-24-2020, 01:29 AM   #9
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I'm very impressed. the propane tank split top to bottom leaving the middle seem intact.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:17 AM   #10
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"making an oxy-acetylne rig". YouTube video. Where does the propane tank come in?
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:23 AM   #11
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Good question. This other report with a different view and video of the damage said he was making an oxy-propane torch and there are YouTube videos for that, but that doesn’t explain the split tank.

It looks like there is a small propane bottle typically used with a small torch next to the split propane tank in the first report. Maybe he was using that small torch on the propane tank. That is not smart and not in the YouTube videos I watched. There are no obvious burn marks on the the split propane tank.

In the photo of the split tank it is sitting on the ground but the debris field shown in the second report doesn’t show the tank. It must have been blown out of the field of view. From the blood drops on it, it looks like our hero walked over to take a look at it. I guess I would have too.

Perhaps he put acetylene into the propane tank which is very dangerous as it is unstable under pressure and can explode easily. Welding acetylene tanks are filled are filled with an absorbent material to stabilize the gas.

None of this explains why he was in an RV. I doubt he thought it through and decided he didn’t want to blow up the garage instead.

I am surprised I didn’t find other groups discussing this, I guess we are a curious lot.
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Old 03-24-2020, 06:13 AM   #12
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Bud Light 30 pack, gasoline, other chemicals? Im thinking the whole torch idea was a cover for something else going on.
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:34 PM   #13
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Assuming the culprit wasn't covering anything up, my guess was that he was trying to jury-rig an oxy-acetylene torch head to work with the onboard propane tanks, hooking it up to an interior line. Pretty much any plausible variation I can come up with on what went wrong seems like a really ill-considered plan.

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