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Old 09-03-2013, 10:42 AM
Location: Yankee loves Dallas
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This is not encouraging:

Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since West Blast

Although there are many upsides to the low-regulation, limited-government Texas model, this sure seems like one of the downsides.

Hoping that there's not another McWane somewhere in the bunch, but I guess there's really no way of knowing, until the next horrible disaster.

The Mcwane Story | A Dangerous Business | FRONTLINE | PBS
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:04 AM
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We've been storing mountains of ammonium nitrate in various places for many decades. It's more or less impossible to farm the alkali soil of central Texas without it-. Ammonium nitrate is also much less popular now than in the past because in non-alkali soils other types of nitrogen fertilizers stay in the soil just fine.

It'll be interesting to see some of the final reports later. But a good guess is that normal firefighting measures (water) made the problem significantly worse.
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