Disaster close to home

Disaster close to home

Summary: Late last night there was a fire and explosion at a chemical plant about three miles from where I live. Luckily, the plant's employees had gone home for the night and it appears that no one was seriously injured. We're all counting ourselves lucky because it could have been much, much worse.

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Late last night there was a fire and explosion at a chemical plant in Apex, NC about three miles from where I live. Luckily, the plant's employees had gone home for the night and it appears that no one was seriously injured.

Plant Fire in Apex NC
Credit: AP Photo from CNN

Witnesses reported repeated explosions, fire leaping 100 feet in the air, and a large plume of toxic chlorine gas. Over 10,000 residents in the area were asked to evacuate, but due to the wind direction we weren't among them. I didn't find out about the fire until the alarm clock went off at 6am.

Nobody knows what caused the explosion yet, but we're all counting ourselves lucky down here because it could have been much, much worse. A slow steady rain that began this morning is helping to put out the fire and flush the air of contaminants. The American Red Cross has been providing cots and other supplies to those temporarily dislocated because of the accident, so if anyone wishes to help out I'm sure a donation to them would be appreciated.

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Ed Burnette

About Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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