[OT] News in the valley...

Josh Coates jcoates at archive.org
Wed Aug 10 16:07:55 MDT 2005

>Truck was carrying 58,000 lbs of explosives.  Crater is 60ft wide by 10 ft

remember the beirut attack on us marines in 1983?

could this be a new record for the largest non-nuclear explosion?  probably
not, but then again, iirc, the beruit explosion was 400lbs of C4 (or chech
semtex) and it was estimated to be equiv of 15K-21K of tnt (see below.)

so perhaps the 58K of explosives in spanish fork were not tnt, but something
less powerful.

October 23rd 1983:
"A truck full of explosives ripped through the Marine barracks on October
23rd, 1983, killing 241 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers."

"The resulting explosion was the largest non-nuclear explosion that had ever
been detonated on the face of the Earth," the court order read. It was equal
in force to between 15,000 and 21,000 pounds of TNT."

"All the windows at the airport control tower, half a mile away, shattered.
A crater eight feet deep was carved into the earth, and 15 feet of rubble
was all that remained of the four-story Marine barracks."

"The force of its impact ripped locked doors from their doorjambs at the
nearest building, which was 256 feet away," read the ruling by U.S. District
Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth. "Trees located 370 feet away were shredded
and completely exfoliated." 


Josh Coates

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Gabriel Gunderson wrote:

>I know a lot of you are closer to your email then to the TV so I 
>thought you would share some breaking news.
>>From KSL (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=92793)
>Highway 6 Shut Down
>August 10th, 2005 @ 3:24pm
>"	A tanker truck carrying some sort of explosive material overturned
>exploded this afternoon on Highway 6, up Spanish Fork Canyon. It caught 
>fire and exploded.
>	Highway 6 is shut down in both directions and is expected to remain
>for up to eight hours. The accident was reported about 1:30. It's about 
>10 miles up Spanish Fork Canyon, just east of the Thistle Fork 
>I don't know how they plan on having it open in eight hours.  Judging 
>from the size of the crater, if looks like it would be more like days.
>There goes my weekend camping trip.
>Back to your regularly scheduled programing...
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They can route traffic around the damaged area, onto the old state hwy that
they shut down after the flood of 1982.  It'll be bumpy but it can
accomodate a pretty heavy flow of traffic.

As for more details...
Truck was carrying 58,000 lbs of explosives.  Crater is 60ft wide by 10 ft
deep.  Fires have been ignited on the hillside, and are growing in

The accident is at mile marker 191 Red Narrows area (this is where every
accident I've ever seen has occured), traffic is stopped and being told to
turn around, at the Thistle Fork area (about 15 miles form the actual scene
of the accident)

Judging from the shape of the crater and it's position, the truck was
heading towards the Trojan explosives plant at the mouth of Spanish Fork

2News is having a live report from a chopper in the area, I am typing this
while watching TV so sorry for typos.
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