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    Dropped dipstick 'caused petrol station explosion'
    17.02.06 12.00pm


    A dropped dipstick may have sparked an explosion in an underground petrol tank last night at the Caltex petrol station in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington.

    Six fire appliances from Paraparaumu, Waikanae and the Hutt, along with a fire command unit, and ambulance and police personnel attended the 9.00pm incident, which led to State Highway 1 being closed and traffic diversions put in place.

    Fire Service spokesman Toby Acheson said it appeared someone dropped a dipstick that measured tank levels into an underground tank, causing an explosion.

    "Thankfully it doesn't look like the tank ruptured, but there was a problem with dangerous fumes coming form a pipe."

    The tank was drained and the area was deemed safe just after midnight.

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    Got really excited there for a mo - thought it read Lipstick!

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    sorry, i wasn't paying attention when i post this.. Excitment got over me. I changed the title..

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    A pity, could have been a real interesting story - lipstick on dipstick??

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    Wonder if he felt a bit of a dipstick?

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    For our friends from other countries who may not have heard this expression before, in British slang, the term 'Dipstick' is used to describe someone of inferior intellect. [smilie=Prankster.gif]
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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    For our friends from other countries who may not have heard this expression before, in British slang, the term 'Dipstick' is used to describe someone of inferior intellect. [smilie=Prankster.gif]
    We use the term too.

    Having taken hazardous materials safety courses and having been around fuel tanks during removal, I am interested in the particulars of how that explosion was caused by a dropped dipstick. Not an easy trick. Maybe they ought to begin using non-sparking sticks. Or keep the dipsticks out of the hands of dipsticks ;)
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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    Having taken hazardous materials safety courses and having been around fuel tanks during removal, I am interested in the particulars of how that explosion was caused by a dropped dipstick. Not an easy trick.
    Must admit to wondering about that myself. 'The Mysterious Case of the Sparking Dipstick'.
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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    Another potential candidate for "Urban legends"... [smiley=icon_neutral.gif]

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    Default Ooopss..my dipstick! KaRRBooom!

    Knowing Kiwis love of danger, he was most likely smoking at the time! Wouldn't be the first time i'd seen someone on the brink of disaster, being totally oblivious to what they are doing!
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