LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE of a major industrial fire early Wednesday morning when a violent explosion occurred in a titanium storage facility. The fire swept through six buildings triggering more explosions as the molten exotic metals reacted with the water. The firm manufactures titanium golf clubs, according to the LAFD spokesman.
At one point, around 1 am, a huge blast showered firefighters and engines with burning titanium, Battalion Chief Mario Rueda told the press. “As a result of these explosions, titanium chips dispersed over the neighborhood,” Rueda said. “Large chunks of concrete impacted some of our apparatus and the concussive effect knocked out some of our (vehicle) windows.”
KABC-TV’s cameras caught the first explosion as seen in this video report:
At the peak of the fire there were 220 firefighters on the scene. After the first explosion the fire attack was concentrated on preventing extension while the metals fires burned themselves out. A second explosion as large as the first was triggered two hours later.
A firefighter and a captain were treated for hand burns and ringing in their ears from explosions, but were not seriously injured. A third FF was taken to the hospital for burns on the back of his neck.
The FD officials are saying that probably the entire complex will be a total loss.
Los Angeles Times
The Associated Press has the latest report HERE.
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