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FLL Garage Evacuated: Broken Jet Fuel Line Nearby

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:16 am


Garage evacuated at Fort Lauderdale airport after report of jet fuel leak

A garage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was evacuated today after after a construction crew reportedly broke a jet fuel line nearby.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said the Palm Garage was being evacuated about 12:30 p.m. No vehicles inside the structure can have their engines started because of the danger due to fumes from the leak.

Initial reports said that jet fuel was flowing freely out of the pipe line before the leak was capped, the Sheriff's Office said.

Some roads around the parking garage were closed while the evacuation was going on.
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RE: FLL Garage Evacuated: Broken Jet Fuel Line Nearby

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:35 am

Wow...when did Jet A become "volatile"?

Under most circumstances, Jet A is one of the least volatile fuels around...Avgas, on the other hand, being a gasoline, well you can guess that that is quite a bit more volatile  Wink

Although if a pipeline is broken, maybe the Jet A could be atomized into a mist?
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RE: FLL Garage Evacuated: Broken Jet Fuel Line Nearby

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:38 am

Nowhere near as serious as this appears to be, but a number of years ago, while we were extending our primary runway 10-28, a construction crew dug into a phone line pit, and cut upwards of 10,000 pair. Needless to say, it was a headache to repair.

These accidents just go to show, it pays to know what is under the area where you are digging. In Louisiana, contractors can face severe penalties if they don't call what's known around here as "Louisiana One-Call" before they start digging. There they find out what utilities are underground in the area they want to dig. I would assume most other states have similar laws.

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