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No heavy equipment destruction this round, but worth sharing..... 

 

Guy shows up to go fishing with my brother-in-law. Has a Frabill soft-top portable fishing shack strapped to the back of his vehicle, on a receiver rack. It's folded down and bell sled base contains two 12-volt Vexlar batteries charge for business. It also contains four small propane cans charged for business. Rest is just equipment, the total of which is $1K to $1.5K in electronics and equipment.

Everyone is fed'n'bed, dreaming of Lake Superior trout flopping on the ice. Middle of the night, about 2AM they awake to the sound of “boom” with a flame reaching 20 feet on occasion. Neighbor said he woke to his dog barking, saw a fire at rear of the vehicle and then the first of four explosions. First blew the hold-down straps off and launched the Frabill chassis onto the lawn. His equipment and shack were ripped apart and burned by the propane bottles. The Suburban was splattered with blobs of melted plastic, but otherwise did surprisingly well.

The fire department chief was called to investigate and ruled "foul play", then recanted to "no evidence of foul play" and then finally to "cause unknown"...…..? Only energy source was batteries, but the vehicle was sitting still for hours?   

 

 

 

 

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What a mess! That's a shame.

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Some times Deep Cycle gel batteries under the right conditions "go off"

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News people must be cut from the same piece of cloth? The town of Ashland was "Rocked!!!!",...…...I.O.W. -neighborhood dogs were barking.  

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Wow that’s crazy. I’m guessing one of the propane tanks had a leak and somehow one of the batteries caused an ignition source. 

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On 1/10/2019 at 9:05 AM, Mack Technician said:

No heavy equipment destruction this round, but worth sharing..... 

 

Guy shows up to go fishing with my brother-in-law. Has a Frabill soft-top portable fishing shack strapped to the back of his vehicle, on a receiver rack. It's folded down and bell sled base contains two 12-volt Vexlar batteries charge for business. It also contains four small propane cans charged for business. Rest is just equipment, the total of which is $1K to $1.5K in electronics and equipment.

Everyone is fed'n'bed, dreaming of Lake Superior trout flopping on the ice. Middle of the night, about 2AM they awake to the sound of “boom” with a flame reaching 20 feet on occasion. Neighbor said he woke to his dog barking, saw a fire at rear of the vehicle and then the first of four explosions. First blew the hold-down straps off and launched the Frabill chassis onto the lawn. His equipment and shack were ripped apart and burned by the propane bottles. The Suburban was splattered with blobs of melted plastic, but otherwise did surprisingly well.

The fire department chief was called to investigate and ruled "foul play", then recanted to "no evidence of foul play" and then finally to "cause unknown"...…..? Only energy source was batteries, but the vehicle was sitting still for hours?   

 

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Pure W.A.G. is that the "dog" or some other "wildlife" walked over the Top of everything on the rack & shorted a Battery out causing a Spark & a chain reaction.. maybe???

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4 hours ago, Hayseed said:

Pure W.A.G. is that the "dog" or some other "wildlife" walked over the Top of everything on the rack & shorted a Battery out causing a Spark & a chain reaction.. maybe???

Heck yeah, best theory yet H.Seed! A Landfill Monkey(Raccoon).

 If the portable shack smelled at all like fish....or snack food, etc, naturally the raccoon are going to screw around with it. You always have food in your shack. It’s been unseasonably warm this winter so the coon have been out of hibernation, especially in the city where there’s always a lot to eat. They have monkey hands, 4 fingers + thumb and dexterity to dig, claw, pull and hold. Things love to walk on vehicles like a cat. It easily fills the missing piece of the puzzle, “what shorted the batteries?”. 

 

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We're the batteries properly secured and all of the terminals insulated?

We're the four propane tanks the small screw on ones? I had an issue with the valve on a partial one leaking

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3 hours ago, Quickfarms said:

We're the batteries properly secured and all of the terminals insulated?

We're the four propane tanks the small screw on ones? I had an issue with the valve on a partial one leaking

Yup, small, screw on thread top, for little Mr.Heater type heaters. 

No, from my understanding not secured or capped.

Noah read this post and said “nope”, not a coon. He sent a pic of the shack. It had a hard shell, top and bottom. When collapsed it looks like a closed clam. Nothing but hard shell. He gave credit to the theories that rolled out though, lol.

If science can’t explain it, BMT likely will !!!

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13 hours ago, Mack Technician said:

Heck yeah, best theory yet H.Seed! A Landfill Monkey(Raccoon).

 If the portable shack smelled at all like fish....or snack food, etc, naturally the raccoon are going to screw around with it. You always have food in your shack. It’s been unseasonably warm this winter so the coon have been out of hibernation, especially in the city where there’s always a lot to eat. They have monkey hands, 4 fingers + thumb and dexterity to dig, claw, pull and hold. Things love to walk on vehicles like a cat. It easily fills the missing piece of the puzzle, “what shorted the batteries?”. 

 

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16 hours ago, 41chevy said:

One cylinder was leaking in to the sealed shell, coons had sex under let rack, finished and when the male coon lit a cigarette the propane gas exploded. look in the bushes and snow around the site, probably find a little teensy weensy coon condom.

I'm out of "like"s, but that is one of the funniest things i've ever heard!

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7 hours ago, other dog said:

I'm out of "like"s, but that is one of the funniest things i've ever heard!

Forgot to tell him the odor Propane gas is an aphrodisiac  for northern male raccoons.

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