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Oklahoma couple explodes beer keg


Gazette staff March 15th, 2007

Guess what? If you stick a keg with beer dregs in it into a fire with the lid clamped on, you getcherself a gol-dang explosion! No sheet, by golly.   At least, that's what a couple of Adair folks disc...

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Guess what? If you stick a keg with beer dregs in it into a fire with the lid clamped on, you getcherself a gol-dang explosion! No sheet, by golly.
 
At least, that's what a couple of Adair folks discovered when they did just that, a recent story reported.
 
According to The Associated Press, two people in the town of Adair took a beer keg that was nearly empty (and we believe them) and put it into their patio fire pit, which had a fire lit, in order to watch the last remnants of the beer spew out of the keg's safety valve, located on top.
 
For all the Bo and Luke types out there just in from Hazzard County, if one clamps a lid down on an airtight container " like a beer keg " and heats the contents, the pressure becomes so great that "¦ well, if the container has a safety valve, it will blow.
 
In this case, here's what happened. According to Adair Police Chief Albert McKee, the two sat watching the keg, waiting for the old, leftover beer to spew out.
 
"There's supposed to be a pop-off valve but they evidently decided it wasn't going to blow," McKee said. "Well, they went inside about three minutes too early."
 
While them ol' boys were in the house, the keg exploded with a force that broke the windows in three homes. Bricks from the fire pit were blown a block and a half down the street, according to the story, and a 4-inch limb was severed off a tree.
 
The blast was heard miles away, causing the local emergency officials to respond with lights blazing and sirens blaring.
"It might have killed those guys if they hadn't gone back inside," McKee said, according to the story.
 
Firefighter Trent Peper said all the firefighters in Adair responded to the call, the AP reported.
 
"The cavalry came running. It was sure interesting, I'll say that," Peper said.
 
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