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Truck full of film in flames 10 Jul 2003 00:50 #20121

  • BurneyFalls
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There was a terrible fatal accident here this week where a vehicle hit a big rig head on, both going about 70 mph. Check out this video link of the accident scene. The truck was hauling 35mm film for disposal. http://www.im-news.com/Fatal%20Crash%20July%207_Bband.mov
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Re: Truck full of film in flames 10 Jul 2003 09:05 #20122

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So sad to see such terrible accidents.

Fortunate that very flammable NITRATE film is no longer in use, or things could have been much worse for those around the fire. Current triacetate and polyester films are much safer:
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/support/faq/combustable.shtml
http://www.kodak.com/US/plugins/acrobat/en/motion/hse/H-182.pdf
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/hse/recycleInCam1-02.jhtml?id=0.2.16.8&lc=en
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/hse/waste.jhtml?id=0.2.16.10&lc=en
http://www.fpchollywood.com/fscsalvage.html?id=0.2.16.72&lc=en

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Re: Truck full of film in flames 10 Jul 2003 13:35 #20123

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HELLO <> I couldn't access the article (or audio, whichever it is) that BURNEY attached, but I suspected that it probably was Nitrate Film... Yeah, this stuff was nasty and dangerous, and safety film was a major advance... But I am surprized that there would still be enough of the stuff around to make up a truckload... It was supposidly illegal to ship nitrate film after 1950, so I expected that more than 50 years later, it would be nearly extinct... Booths had to have fire shutters, a fire sensitive mechanical door closer, plus a lot of other safety measures because of nitrate, and projectors had to have closed magazines, fire rollers, etc... I found a couple of reels of silent film in the attic back in the early 70s, and would have liked to hold on to them, but the film was "cooking in its own juices," and had that distinctive odor of old nitrate film, so I reluctantly pitched 'em, because the stuff has been known to spontaneously combust... One of the side effects of burning nitrate film is that it produces nitric acid, and that's no fun to inhale!...

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