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[post_content] => In his View from the Porch Swing this month, our columnist Gene Sanders discusses the various kinds of edible dangerous goods. For those who doubt whether foodstuffs can in fact lead to hazmat incidents, we point them towards a story from Houston, Texas, where a lawsuit is under way relating to PAM cooking spray.
Back in July 2017, a professional cook was at work, busy over the grill, when an aerosol can of cooking spray exploded, setting the kitchen on fire; the plaintiff suffered major burns and needed several skin grafts.
Conagra Brand, which makes the stuff, is contesting the charge, saying that, when used correctly, it is “100-per cent safe and effective”.
As for us, we can’t figure out why a professional cook would be using oil from a spray can. What’s wrong with lard, for heaven’s sake?
DONE UP IN FLARES
This story comes to us from Greeley, Colorado, where police were called in early June to the Missile Site Park just west of town. There were reports of a “suspicious person” at the park who, when the boys in blue arrived, was less than cooperative. Their response was to fire what were described as “less-lethal rounds” at him, but they were ineffective. [Can ‘lethal’ be qualified? Surely it is either lethal or not – ed.]
At this point, the suspicious character (we have to call him that as we have no other name) pulled out a road flare and held it in a suspicious manner close to a tank of methanol. This was enough to get the police to shoot something more lethal at him, which appeared to do the trick as he was then taken into custody and into hospital.
This story raises a number of questions. What was he doing in the park, which is the site of a Cold War-era nuclear missile base that is now open to the public; why did he have a road flare about his person; why is there a tank of methanol at the park; and how is he now, after being used for target practice? Sadly, the Denver Channel does not enlighten us.
GAS AS A WEAPON
And here’s one from Rockdale county, Georgia, where a woman was filling up her car at the Conyers BP station early in July. CCTV camera footage showed a man being dropped off, creeping up behind her and getting into her car with the intention of stealing it.
The woman only realised what was happening when she heard the car being started; at this point she did the only thing she could think of doing, and pulled out the nozzle and sprayed gasoline all over him in the front seat. It had the desired effect, as one witness reported:
“My son told me, he said, ‘Dad, I think he’s trying to steal the car,’ and I was looking, and I heard the car revving up and the next thing I know, he jumped out of the car and he started running.”
Soaked in gasoline, the would-be thief made it back to the car that had dropped him off and they fled. Police say this sort of thing is not uncommon and have posted the CCTV footage online in the hope that someone recognises the “slider crew” gang.
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