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post Dec 11 2005, 04:10 PM
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60 million gallons of fuel in an explosion that could be FELT 100 miles away, and heard as far away as Holland.

So how is everyone doing? Anyone near the blast?


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post Dec 11 2005, 04:40 PM
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My aunt lives near there. she says they're having the most strange light, and it is not in London, it is in Hemel Hemstead.

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The first blast happened just after 0600 GMT, at the Buncefield fuel depot, close to junction 8 of the M1.


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post Dec 11 2005, 05:26 PM
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I wasn't sleeping very well last night anyway and had really bad heebie jeebies so to be woken up by a big explosion and the house shaking was horrible! It didn't help that several aeroplanes were flying past at the time and I thought there'd been a bomb perhaps.


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post Dec 11 2005, 08:00 PM
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those planes were rumbling of the explosion they now think.


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post Dec 11 2005, 08:25 PM
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Do we know yet if it was an accident or deliberate, or how many people died?
*runs off to hunt for relevant articles* I hate the stupid American-centric news on this side of the pond sometimes.


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post Dec 11 2005, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (Astarael @ Dec 11 2005, 09:25 PM)
Do we know yet if it was an accident or deliberate, or how many people died?
*runs off to hunt for relevant articles* I hate the stupid American-centric news on this side of the pond sometimes.
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I don't think ANYONE died. Two were badly wounded and about 43 slightly wounded, but that's it. It's such a relief it happenned very early on a sunday morning and not during work hours, the carnage would have been emmense. Buildings surrounding the explosion were completely gutted.


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post Dec 11 2005, 08:42 PM
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I'm very glad no-one died. There's been far too much violent death lately. It really would have been horrible in the middle of a busy weekday when the buildings were crammed with people. sad.gif


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post Dec 11 2005, 09:54 PM
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Astarael : http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051211/ts_nm/...in_explosion_dc

There's an article on it if you wanted more information.


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post Dec 11 2005, 10:13 PM
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QUOTE (michael1384 @ Dec 11 2005, 08:00 PM)
those planes were rumbling of the explosion they now think.
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... What?


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post Dec 11 2005, 10:26 PM
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There's a lot of articles on it at BBC News.

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those planes were rumbling of the explosion they now think.

... What?


I believe michael1384 is suggesting that the sound IATB heard was the rumblings of the explosion itself, rather than planes.

Changing the title of the topic so people don't get confused.


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post Dec 12 2005, 10:12 PM
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Thanks for the articles, people. I'm just happy no-one was hurt and it was an accident. There's only so long people can remain scared of another terrorist attack before paranoia sets in as it tends to in the U.S. That said, we're allowed to have nail clippers on airplanes again.


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post Dec 13 2005, 06:19 PM
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Nail clippers?!?! Deadly! They must be mad!


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post Dec 13 2005, 07:58 PM
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You could poke someones eyes out, and then they could bleed to death.


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post Dec 13 2005, 08:07 PM
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QUOTE (Kitty @ Dec 13 2005, 08:58 PM)
You could poke someones eyes out, and then they could bleed to death.
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You can do that equally well with a pen. Or your fingers.

I say we should make mitten wearing compulsory while on flights.


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A slightly smaller version of this occurred near my house last year. Of course, people expect that sort of thing in New Jersey, and since carcinogenic fumes are the state poupourri, nobody really noticed besides being a little annoyed that the smoke was blocking their view of the pink midnight sky.

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You can do that equally well with a pen. Or your fingers.

I say we should make mitten wearing compulsory while on flights.

No no no. One could unravel the mittens and strangle somebody with the string. Clearly, the only way to protect ourselves from international ridicule is to demand aerial nudism.


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post Dec 14 2005, 02:21 AM
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You fool!

Wang. In the eye. Death.

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post Dec 14 2005, 03:36 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 13 2005, 06:19 PM)
Nail clippers?!?! Deadly! They must be mad!
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Well, you can get some fairly large nail clippers, and it would be relatively easy to make a pair that concealed, or were in fact made of, razors. I always thought it sillier that the little bottles of wine you get on planes are made of glass.


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post Dec 14 2005, 04:30 PM
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There are only two methods for making the flights safe from passengers. Firstly, you could sedate everyone for the duration. This might cause problems, what with some people having problems under sedation and the possibility of a passenger waking up. Also, how can we trust the pilots to not be carrying a dangerous pair of nail clippers? Or even a deadly toothbrush? No, the real method is to not allow anyone on the plane, including pilots. The planes can then be flown by robots between the countries with no fear of hijacking.


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post Dec 14 2005, 04:53 PM
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True... sedation did work for Mr T. And anything endorsed by him is automaticly godly.

I see a flaw in your robot plan though. From watching numerous Hollywood films I have come to understand that all robots and computers are evil and will eventually turn on their fleshy masters. Do we really want to give them big flying bombs filled with aviation fuel?

I say the only way to be safe is to destroy all knowledge of flying from human memory.


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post Dec 14 2005, 04:58 PM
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That's one solution, but it's only temporary. The ancients did that after drawing huge pictures of spiders and monkeys in the deserts but we worked out how to fly again eventually. Still, governments do like to delay things until after their term in office, so your plan would probably be popular with them.


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I love reading your conspiracy theories and ideas.
Getting back to the subject- some of my family live in that area and, like many other houses, their windows and garage door got blown in. Which is slightly funny in a non-funny way as the mum is one of those people who gets their house all pristine and perfect before Christmas, and if she could, wouldn't let anyone come in and mess it up.

They now have to get the carpets replaced, and some of the furniture as it is embedded with glass.

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QUOTE (Astarael @ Dec 12 2005, 06:12 PM)
Thanks for the articles, people. I'm just happy no-one was hurt and it was an accident. There's only so long people can remain scared of another terrorist attack before paranoia sets in as it tends to in the U.S. That said, we're allowed to have nail clippers on airplanes again.
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Paranoia has always been set... when I first heard about the expolsion on the news, they made it seem like it was a terrorist attack. They never gave any details. The news lady just said "An explosion occured near London," which made me think of the bombings from the summer.


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post Dec 16 2005, 04:02 PM
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I lost my socks.

I blame terrorism.


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post Dec 18 2005, 09:34 PM
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Terrorism and 9-11 are becoming the obnoxious little catch-alls for everything. Whenever something goes wrong, blame the terrorists and silence the questioner by saying something solemn about 9-11.
On a happy note, planes should be steered by people with microchips that can be controlled by emergeny ground personnel and airline passengers should fly in separate titanium-walled seats so they can't touch each other. tongue.gif They should all have to wear plastic body-suits and walk through metal detectors. The suits would help prevent the wang-in-the-eye problem. *nods*


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