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Nothing Good Happens When Hydrochloric Acid Is Mistakenly Unloaded into a Sulfuric Acid Tank!

Richard Rosera

The citizens of Oberhausen, Germany recently discovered what occurs when hydrochloric acid is mistakenly unloaded into a sulfuric acid storage tank. Video taken by a drone shows a buoyant cloud of acid fumes drifting over the town, along with close-ups of the obviously damaged top of the storage tank. The damage to the tank likely resulted from the eruption of vapors as the sulfuric acid in the tank mixed with the water in the hydrochloric acid - mixing of water with sulfuric acid generates an enormous heat of hydration, and can quickly raise the temperature of the mixture to its boiling point.

March 04, 2017 @ 03:32 AM EST Chemical Environment, Health & Safety, Risk Management

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Richard Rosera

The following article supplies a bit more about the incident. The hydrochloric acid was being unloaded from a ship! I wonder whether there was an unloading manifold involved with this mistake, as well as multiple materials being unloaded from the ship.

February 21, 2017 @ 06:48 PM EST