Pepcon Disaster

Computer recreation, Wikipedia Entry

I’ve always been interested in disaster reconstruction.  Not in a gruesome way, but in the same way that I imagine NTSB investigators approach their jobs.  Disasters will happen because we are human and make mistakes, but it’s important to expose the conditions of disasters caused by human greed or negligence.

Pepcon manufactured fuel for the shuttle program in the 80’s.  the Challenger disaster reduced the demand for rocket fuel, so Pepcon began storing the fuel onsite.  A small fire spread throughout the complex, causing several massive explosions. 2 people died.  In the scheme of disasters, Pepcon isn’t the worst case of negligence, Bhopal or the Kansas city walkway collapse are better examples.  It’s important to remember how disasters happen next time you see a feel good commercial for a large industrial firm.

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