5-pound hunk of metal crashes into Mass. warehouse
The owners of a furniture warehouse in Plymouth, Mass., want to know the origin of a chunk of metal that plunged through the roof.
No one was hurt when the 6-inch, cylindrical piece of metal weighing about 5 pounds came through the roof Wednesday or Thursday. The chunk punched a small hole in the roof over a closet and scattered ceiling-tile debris.
Federal Aviation Administration inspectors say the piece of metal was broken at both ends and was not an airplane part.
An FAA spokeswoman says the chunk likely came from a piece of heavy machinery, possibly a wood chipper. That still doesn't explain how it came crashing through the roof.
....the Ft.Worth fire dept's bomb squad had a "detonation pit" a couple of hundred yards from where I last worked. That is where they dispose of unwanted explosives. They cover them with dirt before detonating to avoid flying debris, but once, they didn't use enough dirt because we had a small piece of metal come crashing thru the roof in our office! The office was closed because it was after hours. The fire dept apologised and agreed to fix anything that was damaged.
Since I was the company safety director, I requested they come and speak to our employees to assure them this would not happen again and give us some good safety tips. When you are charged with presenting a monthly safety program, a "freebie" is always welcomed.
In the future, they agreed to notify us 30 minutes before they were going to detonate anything. Not only to prepare us for the explosion, but in a machine shop that holds very tight tolerances, the percussion from the blast could potentially damage parts being machined. (I was a gear manufacturing specialist and worked with tolerances in the tenths of thousandths)
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