There was an incident here in Ireland a couple of days ago.
I'm loath to call it a "tragic" incident simply because it is an overused term constantly employed by our beloved press though it was in fact a tragedy.
Anyhows, an elderly man was being brought to hospital by ambulance when the ambulance exploded. The patient died in the explosion and the ambulance crew were seriously injured.
The immediate reaction was that a cylinder of oxygen had exploded. This struck me as strange, as I had always understood that oxygen is an inert nonflammable gas. Indeed it is necessary for combustion but always in conjunction with something else. In other words, I cannot get my head around the thought of a cylinder exploding unless there was a fairly intense fire, sufficient to rupture the cylinder where the sudden addition of oxygen would indeed cause an intense flare up.
I was chatting to the daughter last night. She is a trainee [nearly qualified?] paramedic so naturally the subject of the explosion cropped up. She too had been having serious doubts as she is very familiar with oxygen cylinders and ambulances. However this doubt doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone else, as there had been a general alert put out for all ambulance personnel to check their cylinders.
Of course I was waiting for the inevitable.
Even in the aftermath of a terrible incident, they just have to jump on the anti-smoker bandwaggon.
But if it has been in the papers then it must be true. A denial by the family will be conveniently ignored.
Doubtless there are people gloating as I scribble this.