Chemical Reaction Cause of Santa Monica Blast

Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 12:04 PM gHale


An industrial accident was the cause of an explosion in Santa Monica, CA, that sent a bin filled with construction debris flying through the roof of a nearby house late last week.

A chemical reaction caused the blast, investigators said, which sent a pipe encased in concrete from the bin onto the roof of a home next door to a synagogue in Santa Monica. The pipe left a hole in the roof of the building.

Someone was trying to remove a large pipe stuck in concrete near an alley but the chemical mixture they used created pressure and launched the 4-foot-long pipe and plug of concrete into the air, said fire Capt. Mark Bridges.

“The device lifted up off the ground approximately 25 feet, punched a hole in the (Chabad House) and then ricocheted,” Bridges said.

Police at first looked at the incident as being a possible terrorist attack, but quickly changed that to being an industrial safety accident.

Police evacuated about 100 people from nearby homes as bomb experts investigated. They closed streets, but authorities soon reopened nearby roads. There were no injuries reported in the incident.



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