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Case study: Flame arresters and exploding gasoline containers

Authors
Journal
Journal of Hazardous Materials
0304-3894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
130
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2005.07.040
Keywords
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Gasoline
  • Flame Arrester

Abstract

Abstract This paper describes the case study of a portable plastic gasoline container explosion and fire. While working at home on a science project to determine the burn rates of different types of wood fuel, a 14-year-old boy was severely burned after flames traveled back up into the portable gasoline container and exploded. A witness heard the explosion and reports that the flames went perhaps 10 ft in the air. It is shown by experimentation that a flame arrester installed in the pour opening of the portable gasoline container would have prevented an explosion inside the gasoline container.

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