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  •  i suspect the ammonia was the issue. (2+ / 0-)
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    Bulldozer, Silvia Nightshade

    a fire starts somewhere, it starts burning the ammonia tank heats, begins venting, but the tank splits and then blows as the boiling ammonia spreads out and goes.

    but who knows, the engineers will figure out what the explosion was based upon signature, blast pattern and
    heat signature.

    the picture i saw was a rich orange fire,  usually methane burns clear blue.

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