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Beer Lorry Fire on The M40

#1 by Voltman , Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:59 am

Does beer burn?

At only 4% alcohol I would think not, it's more water than anything else. Add in the Carbon Dioxide content, which puts fires out, and this fire becomes quite surprising.
I suspect there was something else in this truck other than bottles of beer.

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RE: Beer Lorry Fire on The M40

#2 by mikejee , Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:51 am

The barrels would have been under pressurer (if it was real beer and not beer-flavoured liquid-to-be carbonised-on-site) , so the fire might have weakened the barrels and caused them to explode from the internal pressure.


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RE: Beer Lorry Fire on The M40

#3 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:54 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #1
Does beer burn?

At only 4% alcohol I would think not, it's more water than anything else. Add in the Carbon Dioxide content, which puts fires out, and this fire becomes quite surprising.
I suspect there was something else in this truck other than bottles of beer.

"'Beer explodes' in M40 lorry fire"

Dray wagons have been known to carry spirits.


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RE: Beer Lorry Fire on The M40

#4 by Voltman , Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:30 am

This was a Stobart trailer truck, shown in the photos to be carrying packaged bottles of beer.
No sign of barrels or spirits, thus my interest.


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RE: Beer Lorry Fire on The M40

#5 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:29 pm

The trouble with a fire involving beer, 10 mins to put the fire out, 2 hours to put the Firemen out.


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