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Message Subject Must See: Crude oil now covers much of giant sinkhole — Flowing into surrounding area (ENHANCED PHOTO)
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Here's a question. I know they are flaring, what is the chance of those flares igniting the gas pocket?
 Quoting: d1k

"...it has Assumption Parish sheriff and local residents ordered to evacuate worried about a catastrophic explosion, one according to scientists in an Examiner investigation, would be in the range of one and a half B83 thermonuclear (hydrogen) bombs."
[link to www.examiner.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24945571

Ya I've read what they think the explosion would be like but my question is what are the chances of that flaring going on (more than one site) igniting the whole damn thing? What kind of safety precautions do these flaring sites have, if any? Anyone ever do this type of work and can tell us?
 Quoting: d1k

Don't know what precautions, especially given the 15-minute, 40-foot-high flare they had recently.

I understand they're moving the butane to a cavern further away, but that could take up to a year to complete. And, if this is anything like gasoline, the vapors are more dangerous than the actual gasoline (a full tank is less likely to explode than one hardly filled), and so even if they clear the whole thing out, the vapors, I would imagine, could still ignite. But, I'm no expert in this area. I don't know what happens with butane vapor at those depths. I think it's reasonably safe because it's an oxygen-deprived environment. Still, there must be some risk if they'd go through all the trouble of moving all that butane to another cavern.

As a side note, I used to sell butane lighters and once had a whole case catch fire in a car. Big fireball that blew out the hatchback. It was very similar to this:

I guess you'd basically take the explosion in that video and multiply it by a few million to equal what's in one of those caverns, lol.
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