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    Septic Tank blamed on massive explosion

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    I remember when we first started to wire septic pumps we were told to install the receptacle inside the septic tank where all the motors and alarms were pluged in. Yikes, they now require all those units to be redone. I just got a call from my neighbor who still has that setup and the receptacle has gone bad-- 25 years or more it was like that
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    Looks like a lot of damage for just a normal septic tank. I have no frame of reference so how is that possible unless there were additional factors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mivey View Post
    Looks like a lot of damage for just a normal septic tank. I have no frame of reference so how is that possible unless there were additional factors?
    How do we know it was a normal septic tank?

    It's China, how do we know it's not a 20,000 gallon tank put in to service several of the buildings in the area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow View Post
    How do we know it was a normal septic tank?

    It's China, how do we know it's not a 20,000 gallon tank put in to service several of the buildings in the area?
    Fair point.

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    I am a bit skeptical. To be explosive, both methane and H2S need oxygen. I wonder if there was something other than human waste in the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    I am a bit skeptical. To be explosive, both methane and H2S need oxygen. I wonder if there was something other than human waste in the tank.
    "Hey, what should we do with all this leftover liquid oxygen?"

    "Eh, just pour it down the drain."

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    You still need a source of ignition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptonsparky View Post
    You still need a source of ignition.

    “I smell something. You have a light?” Says one missing person to the other.
    If there were enough solids in the tank, spontaneous combustion, although not likely, is possible.
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptonsparky View Post
    You still need a source of ignition.

    “I smell something. You have a light?” Says one missing person to the other.
    My Bonnie lay over a gas tank,
    The height of its contents to see,
    She lit a small match to assist her,
    O' bring back my Bonnie to me.
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