Interesting news story came across the wire to me just now, thought Id share it.
One of the most interesting quotes from the article:
"As far as we know, it was a sugar dust explosion," Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor said.
Wait a second, Sugar dust is explosive?!
Strangely enough it didn't take much digging to find this:
"Generally speaking for a sugar dust explosion to occur four conditions must be fulfilled simultaneously; (1) Significant oxygen must be present to support combustion (2) concentration of sugar dust must be within explosive limits (3) the ignition source must be hot enough to ignite the sugar dust cloud (4) The ignition source must release enough energy to ignite the sugar dust cloud."
Even more fascinating to me then that info is this little nugget of knowledge:
"..the values of ignition source temperature may vary between 350 and 850 (degrees Celsius)..."
That's 662 to 1562 Degrees Fahrenheit!!! That my friends is insanity.
I tried searching for what the exact explosive element is in sugar dust but have yet to find it.
Thankfully no one was killed (that's been reported) and there were a few injures.
For more info on sugar dust and its refinements check this out;