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Letter: LPG explosions

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 13 2010   /  09:35 am

Another LPG catastrophe and once again those involved, the investigators, the reporters and the media are all being careless in their use of the English language term “canister explosion”.This implies that the steel bottle or canister itself physically burst into pieces which flew around the area. I doubt this is what has really been happening in these tragic events. In the vast
majority of cases it is most likely accumulations of leaked gas that are exploding.LPG is heavier than air and if allowed to escape will collect at floor level, in low-lying areas, under tables and inside cupboards.  When combined with air it forms a violently explosive mixture which will be ignited by any spark or flame. Any such explosion in a confined space, such as a small kitchen, will have the force to kill, blow off the roof or blow out doors and windows, and start major fires.Most of the peop...