'Excuse me, your car's on fire' -- then boom Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 17, 2007 at 5:57 pm
A woman barely escaped serious injury this morning after parking in front of the Palo Alto Post Office in downtown Palo Alto when a bystander warned her that her car was on fire just before it exploded in flames. (Photo by Norbert von der Groeben.)
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Posted by PANDA, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Nov 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm
It may be splitting hairs, but we learned from the FD in PANDA training that cars don't "explode" as in films when their fuel tank catches fire. They may burn intensely, but, according to the trainers, would not "explode and blow out the windows", although the heat of a fire could destroy the windows. The takeaway would be that one should be cautious if attmepting a vehicle rescue, but that the car concussivley exploding is not a realistic scenario.
Posted by Proximal Pedestrian, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2007 at 8:14 am
I watched the whole thing from beginning to end. There was no explosion other than some minor ones, probably the tires or shock absorbers. The fire started underneath the car and spread fairly quickly to the rest of it. After they put it out, the firemen smashed all the windows to make sure there weren't any hidden pockets of fire. Fireball explosions of gas tanks are figments of the movie industry's imagination.
Initially, the woman driving the car was revving the engine without moving the car very much, which caused me to look her way. You could see that she was dragging something, either a component of her car that had fallen down, or maybe something she had run over that started the whole thing, and by this point fuel was dripping off the undercarriage and burning. A man much closer to her went over to her window and got her attention and convinced her to get out of the car. Within a couple of minutes the police and fire departments where there and the fire was out.
Posted by Typist, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2007 at 9:46 am
In the days of yore when I was taught to type, most manual keyboards did not have a 1 or a 0. We were taught touch typing using capital O for zero and small l for one. It is a habit which I had to work hard to lose when I started using computers and occasionally find myself still reverting back to the old habits.
PS that was not my post about the time, so others have the same methods as me.
Posted by Typist, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2007 at 9:49 am
That looks strange on the different font the post used so I will state my remarks again, we used upper case O (as in mnop) and lower case l (as in jklm) although looking at the post, the lower case l seems to appear the same as the upper case I (as in hijk).