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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Monday, March 18, 2013

Arc Flash and Electrical Explosions

Photo by J.M. Garg

A Flock Of Birds Causes Arc Blast And Fire

The accumulated weight of more and more pigeons landing on an electrical wire caused the wire to sag until it came into contact with another wire. The result was an electrical explosion and hundreds of fried pigeons.  The article in the Hunts Post reports that:

"This extraordinary event in Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot (United Kingdom), on February 22, was witnessed by Ron Laverick who says it was reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds."

"Mr Laverick, of Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot, said:'Sparks went everywhere, some pigeons were incinerated, others dropped into the ditch and the fire raged.'"

Read the story and see a photo (click here) of the burned area in the Hunts Post.

Two Workers Injured By Arc Flash At Space Launch Facility

KPPC radio reports that "Two workers for a company that launches spacecraft for the U.S. government were seriously injured in an electrical explosion at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast."

The two employees were transported to a Los Angeles hospital. There is no information available about what caused the arc flash.

Read the story here.

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