foam rave at the airforce base!

Apparently this test of a fire suppression system was supposed to shut off in 15 seconds. It didn't...


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  1. lordshell says:

    Great jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick!

  2. gfish says:

    Due to the size of the area, those systems are usually triggered by UV detectors. There were warning signs all over the hanger I was in at Ellington strictly forbidding any welding -- I can certainly see why. Might have been a nice distraction from the Houston summer, though.

  3. gytterberg says:

    Better to fail on then fail off I guess. As long as I'm not the one cleaning it up.

    Reminds me of what happens when you use dishwashing soap (Dawn or Ajax type stuff, as opposed to dishwasher detergent) in a dishwasher.

    • Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who's made that mistake.

      ("Crap. I'm out of dishwasher soap. Well, what's the worst that could happen..." Thinking like this results in replacing irreparably curled vinyl kitchen tile. One more lesson learned the hard way.)

  4. bdu says:

    Damn ravers and their soap parties.

  5. Quick, someone commission an audit to find out if the same lowest bidder also built the fire suppression system in the jets themselves.

  6. chromal says:

    Mmm, your tax dollars at work. >_<

  7. boggyb says:

    Wow... just wow...

    At a similar test many years ago at Sun Alliance over in the UK, the Halon system brought down part of the suspended ceiling.

  8. grahams says:

    According to the Air Combat Command mailing list (which I am subscribed to through work), this was not an accident.

    Of course, it could just be face-saving propaganda... =)

    • master_meio says:

      You've got some dirt on your face, silent bob.

    • strspn says:

      "The Air Force of today is extremely busy, and dealing with an issue like this takes us away from focusing on the mission and taking care of our Airmen."

      Yeah! Why are our airmen writing 1,000-word Public Affairs press releases about public perceptions of interesting operations involving lifesaving technology when they could be discouraging enlistement by sucking up to the poor decisions of the military leadership instead?

      • irishmasms says:

        Heaven forbid we ask what was really going on - we should trust them on their word, yes?

        And people ask why I left the Air Farce!

    • dojothemouse says:

      It was an emergency demolition.

  9. kimberley66 says:

    Back in 2000 when I was working in a law firm located at 595 Market, we had to deal with water of great proportions coming through our ceiling (not foam). The day traders on the floor above decide to play catch with a football and managed to hit the sprinkler system and somehow causing it to go off. It was like a waterfall into our offices. . . . . .our offices along the Market side of the building were drenched. The dumbasses had to remiburse us for lost attorney and paralegal time as well as various other related expenses.

    • jesus_x says:

      That's easy to do. Those older sprinkler systems have a tin-based alloy wedge holding in a stopper valve. When there's a fire, that tin gets soft, bends, and the valve opens. If you knock that wedge out which isn't hard to do, same effect. Free showers!

    • backrowbass says:

      Bah. New tech stuff. You can accomplish the same thing by having the roofers leave for the weekend without sealing things up. (Bay Area? In August? Never happen, right?)

      It did. I was the first one in that Monday morning. It was raining indoors. First thing I did was find a tarp and spread it over the S/36.

  10. whittles says:

    Am I the only one who looks at that and thinks, "damn, that looks like fun!"?

  11. greatbiggary says:

    These 4 images read like a Perry Bible Fellowship cartoon.

  12. defenestr8r says:

    i think of foam parties as way more of a gay club phenomenon than a rave thing...

    apparently, i live in a specific little corner of the queer world and in denial about ravers.

    http://www.foamparty.org/whatis.htm