Edited by O'Possum-TX on 2/27/2013, 7:05 pm
The worst was a natural gas pipeline blow out near my mother's house which was just outside Brook Side Village near Houston, TX. The light from the fire was visible to air craft on approach to air fields as far away as Dallas.
That is about 250 MI and I was less than 1/4 mile from it. Roofing tar on the house melted and ran down like shiny black rain drops off the eaves. Debris from the explosion damaged our cars and the heat of the fire melted the tail light lenses in my company truck.
That one killed seven people. Six died in the trailer park across the road and it also got the old lady teacher who owned the property the blown out pipeline was on.
Most of the news accounts say five or six but Ivy Beasley, a teacher for the Texas Department of Corrections was not found for over a week. She lived in a small house on the property. She climbed an eight foot fence into an over grown field. Her burned decaying remains were later found in the high brush in the field behind her house.
You know you are in trouble when you wake up standing in your bed at 3:05AM with your head tangled in the light fixture.
The noise was so loud I could not hear myself scream. I have been near some big gas turbines when they were running and the difference in sound between turbine noise and that pipe line, is like the difference between a lawn mower and a pair of AA Fuel dragsters burning out from five feet away.
I first thought I had slept through the night and into the following day. Then I thought an airplane had crashed in the front yard. I could feel the heat through the wall. The fire went straight up for as far as I could see. After a little while, an arm of flame seemed to separate from the main fire and sweep down and around towards the ground. It didn't seem to make much difference as everything I could see across the road, was already burning.
Yea, that was a night to make years of nightmares. Had to be a sample of the thing the dinosaurs saw when the asteroid hit that formed Cancun, I didn't get the earthquake and tidal wave though. So, I guess, this one hardly rates on the TEOTWAKI scale.
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