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Highly likely to be a BLEVE, it typically happens when a container, for example a road tanker, holdng flammable material is involved in an incident which subjects it to an external fire. The liquid within then gets hotter (to above its flash point) and the pressure increases to such an extent that the container ruptures letting all the flammable material out in one brief event. You can pretty much image what happens next.

The other classic event is a mechanical failure leading to a rapid large scale loss of containment in a plant containing a lot of flammable material above its flash point, for example an oil refinery or solvent distillation plant. As soon as it finds a source of ignition then big bang; ever heard of Flixborough ?





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