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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-04 16:30
  Subject:   [Digg] Ka-Boom!! Darwin wins again!
  Mood:straight to hell



So, do we all know the term "BLEVE"?

I really hope the kid in the first video didn't lose his sight, or end up with a horribly scarred face because of this. But assuming that he's OK, I can't help but laugh myself silly at it. I find this stuff endlessly amusing for the same reason I find Beavis & Butthead funny. Watching people doing intentionally stupid things when they obviously know better almost always results in hilarity. Someone suggested that for a followup, we should get this guy to "write his initials on a liquid oxygen cylinder with a blowtorch." Alas, searching on YouTube for "oxygen cylinder cutting torch" doesn't return any hits...
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  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-12-05 01:45 (UTC)
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Well, neither of these were really a BLEVE. They just punctured the containers near an ignition source. A BLEVE would be MUCH bigger. I love BLEVEs - from a distance.

I've had propane go up in my face before, so I bet the kid just has a flash burn and lost some hair, which sucks but is like a bad sunburn. Unless any liquid WD40 got on him and kept burning - but it looked like the fire on him went out fast.
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  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-12-05 01:59 (UTC)
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Oh, here are a couple of nice BLEVE vids:
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