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Massive Chemical Leak in West Virginia: Beware the Water


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http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/140109_22268.shtml

 

I don't know if we have any SFOians from West Virginia, but just gonna post this here as a Pretty Important News Bulletin. Also, though some sources say the water is okay to put out fires with, others are saying that it's flammable, so just avoid using the water in general.

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I heard about this on NPR. 
 
TL:DR
Don't use the water. Go to a water distribution center.
Keep an eye out for these symptoms: nausea, vomiting, severe eye irritation and a burning sensation.
Severe symptoms are severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.
 
And to clear things up 4-methylcyclohexane methanol is not lethal but it is potentially harmful.

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Flammable water. What will they think of next.

 

inflammable gasoline

 

you can't drink, burn, or use it

 

it's perfect

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I took a glance at the MSDS for it. While I wouldn't call it a very nasty substance, I would avoid contact with it.

4-methylcyclohexanemethanol is an alcohol, so it is flammable. I could imagine if the water has enough of it in it, it the C8H16O could ignite, which would make using it for firefighting a very bad idea.

Contaminants in the water can lead to tap water being flammable. Here is an example of methane-contaminated tap water being lit at the faucet:

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O_o....

well... shit, that was close.. thank god it wasnt closer

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