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  Reply # 2084646 6-Sep-2018 01:11
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andrewNZ: Which means this could possibly end badly for his employer.

God I hope his co-workers and/or employer weren't aware of this.


Guessing that he obtained the oxygen and acetylene from his workplace. If so, then his employer would (unfortunately) probably get the book thrown at them.





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Very sad. If he had no kids I'm quite sure he applied for the https://darwinawards.com/





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  Reply # 2084654 6-Sep-2018 05:51
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Aredwood: Guessing that he obtained the oxygen and acetylene from his workplace. If so, then his employer would (unfortunately) probably get the book thrown at them.

I'm guessing the same. Not many people have bottles at home.




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The story I read said his father in law taught him to weld and he was employed full time as a welder. Didnt sound like he had done a apprenticeship or training at a tech. He may have only done mig or tig and been self taught on gas welding.

While it was a stupid thing to do I feel ignorance played a large part in it. Wouldn't be surprised if he got the idea off the internet somewhere.

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I find it hard to swallow that he was a qualified welder. One of the first (bad) things anyone learning to gas weld learns is practical joking to scare people with small oxy/acetylene bombs. Supporting evidence it the fact that the "unqualified" friend listened to the hairs on the back of his neck and got out of there.


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  Reply # 2084748 6-Sep-2018 10:14
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Sad.





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  Reply # 2085987 8-Sep-2018 08:58
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We live about 500-700m away from that. We heard/felt it.

 

It was a boom...we thought some truck or such had crashed into a neighbour house, shook our lace a bit and the noise was seriously loud.

 

 


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  Reply # 2086154 8-Sep-2018 16:50
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sonyxperiageek: I'm wondering why the guy who was physically closest to him at the time (Josh) said that it was only a small blast, not very loud, yet the neighbours said it was a huge bang and could be felt from neighbouring streets!


There was more than one blast.

"The whole time there had been a small blaze at the back of the shed, which had been growing in those long few minutes, O'Neill said.

"I had 20 litres of thinners, petrol cans, all sorts. It all went up."

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