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Posted: 12/29/2003 10:29:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2003 11:13:21 PM EDT by themistocles3]
Can see glow from downtown Cleveland.  The fire is miles away in Garfield Heights.  

Channel 5 story

Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:31:48 PM EDT
... just let it go man, let it go
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:34:08 PM EDT
The rain isn't helping at all.
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:39:25 PM EDT
Water makes the magnesium fire grow more ferocios because burning magnesium is so reactive. You need to smother those kind of metal fires with sands, foam etc. It will probably burn, until there's no fuel left.
Link Posted: 12/29/2003 10:42:46 PM EDT
Nasty stuff.

Link Posted: 12/30/2003 1:16:46 AM EDT
I remember burning magnesium strips in Chemistry class.  They would burn white-hot, literally.  A one square centimeter piece would burn so bright that it could damage the vision of anyone not wearing some sort of eye protection.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 6:52:26 AM EDT
I live in Garfield about a mile away from the fire. Last night the sky was lit up like a sunset , and there were some big flashes something must have been exploding gas tanks or something.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 6:57:09 AM EDT
I grew up in Garfied Hts. Lived near Turney Rd. and Rockside
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:21:50 AM EDT
... You Southern California and Arizona sand-toy enthusiasts may remember burning magnesium VW engine blocks at Glamis or Buttercup sand dunes before the act was banned in the late 80's.

... We'd get them glowing hot in a "conventional" fire then pee on it to "go nuclear". Good for hours of laughs. We'd clean up the steel components the next day.

... Got where everyone started doing it, and many wouldn't clean up there mess so the authorities put the kibosh on it.

... [url]http://www.glamisdunes.com/[/url]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:31:47 AM EDT
I live in Maple Heights, about 2.5 miles as the crow flies from the fire.

Explosions last night at 12:30AM were amazing.  Thought I was in Baghdad or something.

Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:37:25 AM EDT
Now you know why it's used in incendaries.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:39:35 AM EDT
Isn't magnesium considered a class 4 fire ( when on fire, that is )?
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:50:46 AM EDT
Try "Class D".
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 10:53:10 AM EDT
Oops. [:D]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 11:15:41 AM EDT
I could hear the explosions late last night and see the sky lit up - in Lyndhurst, probably eight miles away!  [flame]
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