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How did this fire happen?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gamestalker, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I just read in our local news that a shooting range caught fire when static electricity created during tumbling of brass? The artical didn't add any other details to help determine the cause. Apparently none of the powders or primers ignited according to the FD spokes person, but the fire was large enough to need 5 crews to extinguish it.

  2. Magnum Shooter

    Magnum Shooter Well-Known Member

    could it be unburned gunpowder down range?
  3. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  4. Captaingyro

    Captaingyro Well-Known Member

    Reporters and editors are English majors. When they don't understand something technical, they fill in the blanks with popular myths, conjecture, and common misconceptions.

    Never, ever rely on a technical or scientific explanation you read in the news. We know how innacurate they are reporting about anything relating to firearms; they're not any better with any other technical information.
  5. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    If there was enough dust created by the tumbling(think walnut shells or dry corn cob) contained in a confined area, it easily could've been ignited by the spark of the brushes in the motor or by a spark created from static electricity. Happens all the time in wood shops and grain elevators. Many times this dust is almost explosive when it ignites. Too often these fires are associated with the term "spontaneous combustion" but more times than not, the dry conditions that created the fine flammable dust create the static electricity.
  6. Thats why I use dryer sheets. Not only does it collect dust but it reduces static electricity.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Range Floor sweepings in a bucket beside the tumbler I betcha!


  8. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I bet your right RC! Another good reason to keep our reloading area clean and free of any possible hazzards too.


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