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Old 04-12-2006, 10:47 AM   #1
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4/12/2006: Ellsworth AFB foam test

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How do you figure out whether a foam firefighting system in an air force hangar is set up correctly and works? Well you turn it on for a few seconds, to make sure it's got pressure and everything. First you set up a scaffolding so you can record the event and show the flow coming out of all nozzles.



And then you let 'er rip. After 15 seconds you can see foam is covering all areas it has to, so the test is successful. Shut 'er off.



Uh, guys? Shut 'er off?



Aw crap. Whatever was meant to shut off the system after 15 seconds, did NOT shut it off and the foam continued to flow. After a few minutes...



The foam is a story high and still flowing!



Uh, Joe? you can climb the scaffolding ladder now...



Two stories high.



This is the guy standing on top of the scaffolding.



So they just let it go.





Thanks to xoxoxoBruce for the initial set of photos and then I googled and found a great gallery at Strategypage.
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Old 04-12-2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've bought some corn for popping...
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Old 04-13-2006, 04:17 PM   #3
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It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've bought some corn for popping...
Yes...it DOES look like snow !!!
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[i]It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've bought some corn for popping...

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Old 04-12-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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I'm gonna throw this firecracker under the ol' man's bunk and... WHAM!
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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That's what happens when you put too much soap in the washing machine.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:16 PM   #7
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I'm gonna throw this firecracker under the ol' man's bunk and... WHAM!
And I'm going to have to put a movie I haven't seen in a few years into my netflix queue.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:20 PM   #8
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Awesome!!

I LOVE the bandwidth the Cellar has now. This is a great series of pictures.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:31 PM   #9
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Wouldn't you think there would be a manual shutoff valve somewhere? How long before this finally got shut down?
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Old 04-12-2006, 08:09 PM   #10
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Wouldn't you think there would be a manual shutoff valve somewhere? How long before this finally got shut down?
It ran out after about 18 minutes of bubbly goodness.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:55 PM   #12
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I wonder what sort of suffocation risk that foam poses. Foam + smoke/CO/CO2?
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:06 PM   #13
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Next time they should have a DJ and some raver chix
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:34 PM   #14
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Haaaahhahah... that's hilarious. I wonder how they'd clean it up though.
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:28 PM   #15
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I'm seeing a new-millenium remake of "The Thrill of It All" with Doris Day and James Garner.

If you write the screenplay, be sure to give me credit for the original idea when you pick up your Oscar, m'kay?
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