Rude awakening (fire)

Rude awakening (fire)

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    Rude awakening (fire)

    I have posted on here before about how much brass I have and that Over time I collected a bunch from an indoor gun range,One thing about firearms is that all the powder in a cartridge may not burn up when it is fired,I had sorted a bunch of brass in the past,and had a 5 gallon bucket of brass smaller than 380,like 22lr,32,25 acp etc.,I use 22 lr brass to make 223 bullets so had a bunch laid out on top of a board,
    I was using my metal chop saw to cut some metal and it was shooting out sparkies,all of a sudden I heard a "whoosh" over the sound of the saw and as I glanced to my left my brain engaged and FIRE came to mind,apparently some wayward sparkies hit some unburnt powder which ignited and then other powder ignited,did I mention that there are several unfired 22's in the mix from rounds that FTF,but fire will cause them to go off like popcorn,I used a bucket to smother the fire and then poured some water on it,then removed the buckets outside where if sumpin reignited it wouldn't burn nothing important.
    So things I learned,don't make sparkies around uncleaned brass,make sure I got an ABC fire extinguisher in arms reach whenever I'm doing anything such as cutting steel or welding where something could catch on fire,and anybody that doesn't have a home fire extinguisher please take notice and go get one,you never know when a fire extinguisher being used quickly can save your house or apartment from becoming engulfed in flames
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    Wow! I'm happy that you are OK.

    +1 on fire extinguishers. ABCs in the shop, kitchen and laundry.
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    Cutting or grinding should be done outdoors if possible. I had a buddy in Oklahoma that I shot black powder with, that found it out quite dramatically. He was doing some grinding out in his shed. He always stored his possible bag and powder horn out there when not shooting. After a match he had refilled his powder horn, and as he was finishing got called away. He left the powder horn laying on the work bench without putting the plug back in it. Later that day he went out to do a project and didn't think about the powder horn. Started grinding away, and a spark went into the powder horn. The biggest piece left of the powder horn was about the size of a half dollar, took out the window there at the work bench, and ruined the shorts he was wearing.......well I guess I should say he ruined the short!
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    Thank you for reminding everybody. ABC extinguishers cost less than $20 and BC (for the kitchen) ones are even less. Smoke detectors are sometimes free from your local FD and less than $10 to buy.

    Glad you're safe.
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    On a scale of 1-10 that rates a pucker factor of 15, glad everything turned out ok.
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    Next time you're grinding and cutting in the garage, make sure you turn so the sparks go on your gas cans instead of the empty brass. Really, glad no serious damage was done. I never thought about "empty" brass "going off"!
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    Glad you're safe. Sounds like an inexpensive lesson.


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    Put lids on your buckets
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Next time you're grinding and cutting in the garage, make sure you turn so the sparks go on your gas cans instead of the empty brass. Really, glad no serious damage was done. I never thought about "empty" brass "going off"!
    It wasn't just the empty brass,it was brass that had been swept up off the floor at a gun range and had all the dirt ,burnt powder and apparently unburnt powder mixed in.,Complacency can cause bad things,and in the future I'm cutting and welding outside.
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    sounds like you acted slow in a hurry

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    Sounds like a lesson for all...glad it was a minor incident.
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