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Whiskeyjacks

What in the Michael Bay happened?


ExternalUserError

I'm pretty sure he knocked down a power line with a [distribution transformer](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distribution_transformer) on it.


BillSlank

Yeah. Brought the can down and spilled oil everywhere, then the primary lines came down with it and caused the arc flash.


epitoma

Wait there’s oil in there? I have no idea how our world works.


this-guy1979

Some transformers use oil as an insulating agent. It performs well at high temperatures and also provides some cooling.


epitoma

It seems to be versatile and provide a lot of heating as well.


Bittlegeuss

Instead of using clothes, we should just oil ourselves.


CapHoodHybrid

Step one, cover yourself in oil..


juko43

Step two profit


tomparrott1990

Step three, Americans invade


GardenPuzzleheaded98

Flavored lube


Glemmy57

Better than PCBs. Nasty shit.


mthchsnn

They still use PCBs in some of those. They're allowed in "closed systems" which unfortunately become open from time to time.


klinesausage

Yeah… every year that goes by I just become more aware that I don’t know shit about fuck.


44324

“Don’t know shit about fuck” My favorite phrase since “I don’t give 2 fucks about 4 fucks”


ihavenopeopleskills

Don't feel bad. You'll be doing that until the day you die.


LeeLooTheWoofus

The oil is an insulator and helps with cooling the transformer. Most transformers are filled with oil.


JuggernautOfWar

The oil insulates, cools, and warms to keep the important bits working as intended. This is partly why transformers can make such a loud ***POP*** with fireball when they fail due to overloading, physical damage, etc. Note it's extremely rare for a modern transformer to actually fail. 9 times out of 10 it's something else failing and not the transformer.


cyanocittaetprocyon

In the transformer? Yes. And its really, *really* nasty. This is a site that needs a hazmat team after the fire is put out.


Cam_777

Actually most transformers use mineral oil thats completely safe in the event of a spill. All the toxic pcb units were drained, for the *most* part. All thats needed is a long cleanup.


epitoma

My dumb face was imagining motor oil in there. Don’t mind me I’m just gonna go back to watching cartoons and eating chips.


Ouroboron

But make those potato chips instead of the lead chips.


ihavenopeopleskills

Don't knock yourself. It's an opportunity to learn something. Every day has another one. That's why we're here.


AmishAvenger

Super safe! Unless someone crashes a truck into a pole and the whole thing crashes into the street and oil spills everywhere and bolts of electricity start shooting around and the oil catches fire and people start screaming


Ares4217

But that wouldn’t happen, *right?*


Aptosauras

I've recently seen a video where this exact thing happens! I'll see if I can find it, brb


GardenPuzzleheaded98

Link please


HungryEstablishment6

from the smoke emerges...


redpandaeater

Also makes for some cool looking PC designs if you fill the case with mineral oil, but tends to be more trouble than it's worth.


thesoloronin

So what was the blue flash? Thor came down?


ToanGreenlow

Either Thor, Cole McGrath or Black Lightning


TinyHandsLarry

What about Lightning McQueen?


Obvious_Warrior

Kachow


trackedonwire

The big power station downtown tries to clear the 'short' by sending a burst of power down the line. Thats the big Bzzzzz. If the short doesn't clear the breaker is automatically thrown and the line goes dead.


Onlyanidea1

Wonder if it's possible this could've caused an EMP burst. If so what would it take... Hmm...


Omurchu

Supposedly you can make an EMP device small enough to fit in an altoids tin, super short range though


trackedonwire

It did. If you had a radio nearby it would receive a bunch of static. How nearby ? It was well known back when you could jam radio station broadcasts if you could place a 'spark gap generator' near a radio broadcast tower. A simple capacitor charging and discharging circuit with a spark gap (like a spark plug) that rapid fires producing tiny bit of EMP radio interference. Placing the generator near an active radio broadcast tower, the antenna would pick up and rebroadcast the static crackle overpowering the radio broadcast and effectively jamming it. Of course the station would figure this out, find the generator and remove it. I remember too flying remote control aircraft was problematic if somebody was operating a lawnmower or motorcycle nearby (two stroke gasoline engines have small spark plugs that would jam broadband radio frequencies) making your airplane lose remote control signal and crash. Only nuclear weapons produce an EMP powerful enough to surge enough current in electronics to cause damage from a surge of electrical current inside of the device. So no, that power surge and arcing wouldn't be powerful enough to damage any electrical circuitry like nearby phones and computers, for instance.


Oscagon

And everyone 2 meters from that burst.


epitoma

Isn’t that what the fox said?


LogaShamanN

“Allegedly.”


waynesbrother

Maybe Steve McQueen


punkminkis

He's busy hunting Loki


skulzncrossbone

First time ever seeing an Infamous reference in the wild


ToanGreenlow

I think so for me too. Fuck that was a great series


enkrypt3d

At least it's not black ice.


outtasight68

When the camera panned to the left it felt like some war of the worlds / cloverfield shit


BillSlank

Most likely the primary lines either touching each other, or more likely touching the ground or something that was grounded. The difference in potential is huge and causes the arc when the electricity finds a new path to ground. Depending on the system, it could be anywhere from 12,000 volts up to 33,000. That's a lotta juice.


brwnskngrl82

And a lotta damage


Dinosoaringhigh

I sawed my powerline in half then put it back together with new FLEX ELECTRICAL TAPE


urinesamplefrommyass

Forbidden funny juice


mada447

Damn that’s scary. I have a cochlear implant (ie: a piece of metal ingrained into my head) so I’m always more aware of the possibility of accidental electrical currents running through me !


GlockAF

Power for the whole neighborhood came down


xEightyHD

More than likely Arc Flash, and then it ignited whatever fuel was in that lamppost


Inaspectuss

I feel like there are so many reasons to _not_ have a distribution transformer on a pole in a busy intersection, especially on what appears to be a wood one at that. Driver is an idiot, but this could’ve happened even in a relatively minor collision. Hopefully they take the opportunity to move it elsewhere.


XediDC

That’s like...describing most intersections in the US.


AlbanyPrimo

It might be because the whole electricity system is different here in the Netherlands, as we only have the huge power lines above the ground. But I'm really wondering why in the states (and a lot of other countries) so many vulnerable power lines are right next to streets, just waiting for a car to crash into it? Although I am an engineering student, I don't know much about the electrical grid or electronics in particular. Is there some benefit that makes the possible safety issue less important?


CivEngKid

Public utilities generally have a legal right to use the areas next to the roads for distribution. It's easier than negotiating to use private property.


AlbanyPrimo

I'm more talking about why put them above ground instead of under the ground? Might be more work/costs, but if [what I just found on Google](https://www.electrocuted.com/safety/statistics/) is correct, apparently about 270 (90% of 300) deaths per year are caused by overhead contact with power lines in the US.


CivEngKid

I would guess it's more expensive yeah.


Patmcgroin303

Screech Smack Pole Sparks **BZZTZZZTZTTZZZZZZZTZZZZ** Explosion Fire


EverythingInCreation

That's not a script, Michael!


kirkum2020

Who needs a script when you can get six movies out of filming the contents of your cutlery drawer on a spin cycle in the washing machine?


DepressedPizzaGuy

think ya meant microwave. gr8 way to get the green/blue arcing 😆


tbqhimho

I think they were talking about Transformers. And how they're a step down.


DepressedPizzaGuy

yeah I'm just high oh whale


tbqhimho

Same here, and couldn't pass up the opportunity for an electrical pun


long-dongathin

Your right!! He forgot to add tits!!


HarambeMarston

#Autobots, roll out!


cyanocittaetprocyon

This is a surprisingly good synopsis of what just happened.


EmilyBell2007

You forgot the guy going “Oh, OH!”


nameABOVEall

Absolutely, they definitely need to add it.


LapperDoi

It was the best movie this year IMO


jimjong1

*Record scratch and freeze frame* I bet you're wondering how I got here...


Notosk

"it all started when my mom started drinking while pregnant..."


buttking

truck had an identity crisis. thought it was a mustang so it got sideways and started heading for the curb(as mustangs are wont to do,) but wound up bringing down a power line, which was not a good thing.


dilligaf0220

Ram's are the Mustangs of trucks.


JustPokinFun

I resemble that remark.


westsound_bestsound

No u


notbmarshall

Well, a truck was drifting, then it hit a telephone pole, then the entire world apparently burst into flames.


AssHunchingMomo

Some Fast and Furious shit, nothing to be seen here!


Flynn_Kevin

Holy crap! Transformer on the pole that came down broke open and spewed oil all over the place before the arc flash vaporized and ignited it.


noBoobsSchoolAcct

Those things have oil? TIL


wirthmore

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformer_oil Worse than just oil. Older ones had PCBs in them. “Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were formerly used as transformer oil, since they have high dielectric strength and are not flammable. Unfortunately, they are also toxic, bioaccumulative, not at all biodegradable, and difficult to dispose of safely. When burned, they form even more toxic products, such as chlorinated dioxins and chlorinated dibenzofurans. in the USA, production of PCBs was banned in 1979” In college a transformer exploded next to the dorms in the middle of winter at night in the snow. Hazmat crews stripped the students naked, and hosed them down. In the middle of winter. At night. In the snow.


stueh

.... I'd probably enjoy that for the adrenaline rush you get.


dilligaf0220

Stolen truck too, so you'd know they'd trash it. Just not Michael Bay trash it.


stueh

Was referring to the getting sprayed down part


kyscah

I'm just here for the naked part.


stueh

I'm on board with that


SirDale

I would imagine the only way to dispose of them is in an ultra high temp furnace that simply turns it all into separate hydrogen/carbon etc.


wirthmore

Read the link, it describes how it’s possible to recycle the PCB-contaminated oil by combining it with another chemical which converts the PCBs into something nontoxic, and then the rest of the oil is separated and is completely safe to reuse as transformer oil. It’s pretty neat. Similarly, a friend of mine cleans up groundwater at industrial sites like chroming plants. (The same chemical that was featured in the movie Erin Brockovich. Really bad stuff.) The remediation process introduces a catalyst and materials that combine with the toxic form of chromium and turn it into an inert nontoxic form of chromium. My friend says one of the ingredients is molasses. It makes the place smell like gingersnap cookies, my friend says.


SirDale

Thanks, and of course stupid me forgot about the C in PCB which certainly won't just disappear in a furnace.


wirthmore

That’s not stupid at all. To anyone who’s not a chemist (I’m not), chemistry may as well be witchcraft. “So, A won’t react with B, unless in the presence of a ‘catalyst’, which is not consumed during this process? How is this not some Deus-ex-machina cheat mode?”


SirDale

It's about the fundamental atoms - they don't change no matter what chemistry you do (which took alchemists centuries to figure out). So the multiple chlorine (Poly, Chlorinated) atoms will still always be present. The biphenyl part is ...something with carbon and hydrogen in it. PCBs have the formula... C^(12)H^(10−x)Cl^(x) which is 12 carbon atoms, 10 or more hydrogen and one or more Chlorine atoms. No matter what you do these will always hang around. Those superscripts should be subscripts, but alas Reddit.


wirthmore

That’s really cool! Thanks for breaking it down.


Cam_777

Yeah, luckily a majority of pots in the cities have already been drained and filled with mineral oil that is wayyyy safer. Its mostly super old areas or rural areas that still have pcb.


alheim

They stripped them down and hosed them off. This a military college or something?


wirthmore

No, civilian US college. The fire department had protocols for chemical exposure and were trained well. They popped up tents, separated the students by gender and the students weren’t in public view for the ten seconds each one was separately being hosed down, the only ones that saw them naked were the men or women fire fighters who then gave each one a kit with temporary clothes. No one got hypothermia so it was just a horrible day, not a cruel inhumane one.


derps_with_ducks

Well if they were truly humane they'd hose down their student loan debt too!


wirthmore

Well this was a while ago, at a state university, so tuition was low and could be paid as you go if one had a part-time minimum wage job LIKE COLLEGE TUITION SHOULD ALWAYS BE. Ahem.


CocoCherryPop

Jeezus. Was anyone hurt? So how could this toxic oil reach anyone in the dorms?


wirthmore

It was 3 dorms and 2 academic buildings that were contaminated: https://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/07/nyregion/suny-campus-delays-opening-over-pcb-fears.html AFAIK there were no long-term or short-term health impacts due to the rapid response by the haz mat teams.


TRUEequalsFALSE

Thanks for explaining that a PCB in this context is not a printed circuit board. I was very confused for a moment.


dudertheduder

Hey! I know about PCBs in lobster from Zodiac, one of the most humorous books iver read. Neil Stephenson, bizarre, hidden gem.


hoser89

Bigger power transformers are oil cooled. Oil is more efficient then air is at cooling. The bigger ones will circulate the oil through a radiator to be even more efficient at cooling


icravesimplicity

Yup. Mineral oil usually these days. I calibrate sensors for work in mineral oil. Transformers are surrounded by it.


DenseVegetable2581

Oh no, we gonna rock down to, Electric Avenue


OzNTM

And check out the big fire!


TrailerPosh2018

Oh nooooo!


Loply97

That escalated quickly. I mean that really got outta hand fast.


Warnie_ate_the_pies

Brick killed a man!


Slampunk10

“Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident”


Warnie_ate_the_pies

I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Maybe we should find you a safe house. Somewhere to lay low until the heat dies down


stevendidntsay

"Dad what did you do before memes?" "We recited lines from Will Ferrell movies, son."


Swicket

Where did you get a grenade?


LincolnCoHo

Guy*


91Jammers

That was a very enjoyable video just when you thought it went up another impossible level...


Frankoman32

I couldn't help but laugh at how quickly this went from 0 to 100


StuckAroundGotStuck

I was surprised I wasn’t watching an r/abruptchaos post.


IngoingPrism

I think I first saw it there


Murlo45

Couldn’t have put it better myself....It was drifting then a second later u saw lightning and the hand of god ...


CascadingMonkeys

That guy started Armageddon.


shinigami79

Carmageddon


greenwire02

Karmageddon


Redditperegrino

Ima gettin.. It on


TrackTracks

Carma Carmeleon


_Not_this_again_

YOU COME AND GO YOU COME AND GoooOOOoooOo


killiomankili

Lovin would be easy if your colors were like my dreams


mikeebsc74

Red gold and green Red gold and greee uh EEENNN


ydoiwantreddit

Every day is like survival / you're my lover, not my rival


iLLevated

Y’all just put me onto some new music. Love the picture they paint with the lyrics, very relatable.


mikeebsc74

Holy crap. You’ve never heard culture club?!


LincolnCoHo

Karmin Electra.


kopper499b

That was a fun game. Especially driving into the football stadium and taking out the players.


Onaps191

Nah he created the Sphere the brings back the T-800 that starts Judgemenr Day


bakenj420

Carpocalypse! 1.21 gigawatts Marty!


Demok1

See......this is why we nearly had to sign the sokovia accords.


CockroachJohnson

Very r/abruptchaos


VegasBusSup

Thanks now I have another sub Reddit to watch.


CockroachJohnson

It ain't much, but its honest work.


PoopFilledPants

Hope you didn’t have any plans for the next 48hrs or so.


LexMak

Props to the cameraman! Serious balls of steel for catching the electrical arc in view before being showered with flaming sparky lava


khaotickk

/r/PraiseTheCameraMan


lowriter2

That one dude was like omg! Like when the car was drifting. Got me cracking up


OfficiallyRelevant

I legit can't stop laughing at this whole thing.


Agakame

Anyone with a story?


enehar

Dallas, Tx. Just some douchebags trying to show off. This happened months ago.


thepetoctopus

Got a link? I couldn’t find anything when I searched.


polird

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/video-shows-street-stunts-end-in-crash-in-north-dallas/2524573/


thepetoctopus

Thanks!


LaraCroft214

https://www.reddit.com/r/Dallas/comments/kubqdt/truck_hits_pole_during_takeover_at_nw_highway_and/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf


Futueteipsum7

That moment when you’re showing off your Texas-sized balls and then suddenly aware that you have well and truly shit the bed.


EthanCGamer

I could sworn I saw this video last year, summer of 2020. It's definitely Dallas.


M3L0NM4N

less than 2 miles from my house, I'd prefer to not get vaporized on the way to work


oldskoolplayaR1

You built a time machine, out of a truck!


411inthe412

To go forward in time a few hours and repost this to every sub.


joecarter93

When this baby hits a power pole, you’re gonna see some serious shit!


SerRonald69

AHAHAHAHAHA! Did that seriously all just happen in just 11 seconds!? Fucking delicious.


Patmcgroin303

This is the funniest fucking thing I’ve seen all month. It just gets progressively *much* worse with each second


OfficiallyRelevant

I laughed way too fucking hard at this video tbh.


K-Zoro

Hearing the guy go “oh…Oh…OH” really got me imagining myself as that guy watching it all go down. Truly incredible sight to see


highnuhn

They can’t catch you if you destroy the traffic cams


Murlo45

Ya, that was them setting up for the races haha


icepuc10

The new electric slide


Numerous_Physics_359

Is this Houston...


smexymexy17

We have a problem


waterbug22

Dallas off Northwest Highway and Preston.


khaotickk

No wonder that intersection looks familiar!


shinigami79

Southern California too


dogpicsrandomthreads

[Backstory](https://www.peoplenewspapers.com/2021/01/10/takeover-results-in-utility-pole-take-down/) Edit: [Alternate Angle](https://v.redd.it/i7e2wfjl8ha61)


rayray604

You are the unnoticed hero, really wanted to see another angle of the explosion. thanks m8


Pristine_Ad8357

It’s a classic final destination situation.


youngbudding

Fun fact-those transformers are filled with oil to insulate the current stepping down within them. If I'm not mistaken, the blue flash was current finding ground and the red is that current igniting said oil. Also I'm testing my own knowledge so another electrician, chime in here.


StreetTriple675

https://www.reddit.com/r/IdiotsInCars/comments/nxqza5/nice_drift_i_guess/h1h2ftx/


estascape

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/?p=945887 Found it.


dilligaf0220

Shocker, stolen truck.


EmilyBell2007

That article was biased as hell. They didn’t even say if anybody there was hurt or anything like that. Like sure, what they did was bad. But people could of been hurt, and not everyone who saw it was participating. I hope everyone was okay.


Bigkondor1

Why do the douches hand out the windows. I guess it’s a “hey please look at me” thing?


mr-mechanic93

AUTOBOTS! ROLL OUT


Okkeanon

He summoned Thor


darth_C3P0

I’m pretty sure that was Eren.


14X8000m

1.21 jigowatts!


CollarOfShame

And just like that, this turned into a Michael Bay film.


rickmadeira

Jesus! 😱


chrishauser1995

Oh Lawd! oh Jesus!


Whoainyourmouth

THROW IT IN REVERESE TERRY


whigger

Mutha fukkin bootleg fireworks! Git da whadah.


i-faux-that-kneel

Reekris! Motherfucking bootleg fireworks.


sanskami

I liked the part where shit went to fuck


AsianAmerica

So property damaged on that one!!! Way to go.


TheRealHendrion

Yea........ drivers dead.......


treetyoselfcarol

r/abruptchaos


zakiducky

Jesus Christ, second after second it just kept getting worse lol


mmoretti00

u/savevideo


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DumbDan

Shocking display of stupidity.


ChefTrizza

Lol if I'm not mistaken that was here in Dallas like 5mins from my house


GoldenSaguaro

I wish more idiots did awesome movie actions explosions like this


PM_ME_YOUR_WALUIGIS

That escalated far more quickly than I could have imagined.


Living-Dead-Girl-

As long as no one was seriously hurt, that was fucking awesome 🤘🏼