Toxic smoke, wednesday night, was that the burning lotus?

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Toxic smoke, wednesday night, was that the burning lotus?

Post by DOCTORYummm » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:13 pm

So, whatever the hell was burning wednesday night, was toxic and made it hard to breath Smelled like burning plastic or chemicals used in particle boarding. Seemed to me it was coming from the burning lotus. The smoke coming from it appeared black and it burned an awfully long time for a wood structure. I am not placing blame and fully admit my accusation are baseless, just on what I saw and smelled all over the playa. Just trying to confirm my suspicions. Whoever the fuck it was burning toxic shit should be ashamed. I could barely breath and the long term health effects are yet to be determined..... I felt so sorry for those closest to it.

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Post by Ano » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:01 pm

I think it was Wednesday night, but I might be wrong - an RV exploded.

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Post by Sic Pup » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:18 pm

Yeah, and I recall a Ranger shooing away burners with the all to ubiquitous cell phones saying "this is not something we want to advertise" but, honestly, I'm not 100% sure it wasn't a dream or something like that.
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Post by Jovankat » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:23 pm

Yeah an RV burnt out on esplanade on Wednesday, it was more afternoon than evening though.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:45 pm

Stay home crybaby.
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Post by tamarakay » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:06 pm

Yep, had a gas can next to the generator. Spark from generator set off the vapors. PLUS they had their gas cans store UNDER the vehicle. Bad juju all around.
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Post by DOCTORYummm » Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:23 am

Ahh, that makes more sense. Thanks for the info. I in no way meant to besmirch the good folks lighting up the beautiful lotus.

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Post by Canoe » Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:30 pm

tamarakay wrote:... PLUS they had their gas cans store UNDER the vehicle. Bad juju all around.
Bet that was good for some fines.
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Post by Jovankat » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:22 pm

I heard the RV was someone's year round home so any fines probably ple in comparison to losing everything they owned.

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Post by bedlamdoll » Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:16 pm

It was also right by HEaT-fortunately, someone was thinking quickly and pulled the burning RV away from the equipment yard, and kept it from being much worse.

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Post by andy » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:22 pm

I happened by as a tow truck was pulling the RV onto the playa. I didn't see the fire but - not to make light of it - the RV looked like the photos you see of bombed out buses - some parts were just skeleton. Fortunately the guy got out without injuries.

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Post by Meat Hunter » Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:29 pm

Thanks for posting this.

I need to install a much-much-much longer fuel hose from my 6 gal. BERG system gas can to my little Honda generator so that the can sits a good distance from my generator.

And, I need to move my other gas cans to the far end of my trailer. All my gas cans are in secondary containers and my little generator sits in an over-flow tray.

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Post by jneilvindy » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:41 pm

Pretty shitty genny to be kicking off sparks!

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Post by remi » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:06 am

tamarakay wrote:Yep, had a gas can next to the generator. Spark from generator set off the vapors. PLUS they had their gas cans store UNDER the vehicle. Bad juju all around.
We had the rangers come by and commemorate our theme camp for our exceptional job storing our gas/generators. They must have went around checking this after the incident.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:22 pm

jneilvindy wrote:Pretty shitty genny to be kicking off sparks!
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Post by pink » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:49 pm

Our genny became an art piece when it caught fire. Melted the baffle box to it. We put it out in front of the camp hoping someone would steal it, but finally had to take it with us.

Many thanks to whoever shouted 'fire!' To alert us, and kudos to our Fearless Leader for having fire extinguishers everywhere.
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Post by tamarakay » Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:09 am

Wow Pink, so glad someone saw it and you were prepared. What did you make your baffle box out of?

Earth Guardians and BLM came by checking gas storage and someone (i'm looking at you Ken) had left a gas can in the baffle box next to the generator. We moved it and got a water bottle out of the deal. They did like the size and location of our fire extinquisher though.
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Post by pink » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:15 am

Not sure what the box was made out of, think it was plywood & insulation.
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