Nice drift I guess??!!
By - old_acc_20k_karma
What in the Michael Bay happened?
I'm pretty sure he knocked down a power line with a [distribution transformer](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distribution_transformer) on it.
Yeah. Brought the can down and spilled oil everywhere, then the primary lines came down with it and caused the arc flash.
Wait there’s oil in there? I have no idea how our world works.
Some transformers use oil as an insulating agent. It performs well at high temperatures and also provides some cooling.
It seems to be versatile and provide a lot of heating as well.
Instead of using clothes, we should just oil ourselves.
Step one, cover yourself in oil..
Step two profit
Step three, Americans invade
Better than PCBs. Nasty shit.
They still use PCBs in some of those. They're allowed in "closed systems" which unfortunately become open from time to time.
Yeah… every year that goes by I just become more aware that I don’t know shit about fuck.
“Don’t know shit about fuck”
My favorite phrase since “I don’t give 2 fucks about 4 fucks”
Don't feel bad. You'll be doing that until the day you die.
The oil is an insulator and helps with cooling the transformer. Most transformers are filled with oil.
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.
In the transformer? Yes. And its really, *really* nasty. This is a site that needs a hazmat team after the fire is put out.
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.
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.
But make those potato chips instead of the lead chips.
Don't knock yourself. It's an opportunity to learn something. Every day has another one. That's why we're here.
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
But that wouldn’t happen, *right?*
I've recently seen a video where this exact thing happens!
I'll see if I can find it, brb
from the smoke emerges...
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.
So what was the blue flash? Thor came down?
Either Thor, Cole McGrath or Black Lightning
What about Lightning McQueen?
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.
Wonder if it's possible this could've caused an EMP burst. If so what would it take... Hmm...
Supposedly you can make an EMP device small enough to fit in an altoids tin, super short range though
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.
And everyone 2 meters from that burst.
Isn’t that what the fox said?
Maybe Steve McQueen
He's busy hunting Loki
First time ever seeing an Infamous reference in the wild
I think so for me too.
Fuck that was a great series
At least it's not black ice.
When the camera panned to the left it felt like some war of the worlds / cloverfield shit
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.
And a lotta damage
I sawed my powerline in half then put it back together with new FLEX ELECTRICAL TAPE
Forbidden funny juice
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 !
Power for the whole neighborhood came down
More than likely Arc Flash, and then it ignited whatever fuel was in that lamppost
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.
That’s like...describing most intersections in the US.
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?
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.
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.
I would guess it's more expensive yeah.
That's not a script, Michael!
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?
think ya meant microwave. gr8 way to get the green/blue arcing 😆
I think they were talking about Transformers. And how they're a step down.
yeah I'm just high oh whale
Same here, and couldn't pass up the opportunity for an electrical pun
Your right!! He forgot to add tits!!
#Autobots, roll out!
This is a surprisingly good synopsis of what just happened.
You forgot the guy going “Oh, OH!”
Absolutely, they definitely need to add it.
It was the best movie this year IMO
*Record scratch and freeze frame* I bet you're wondering how I got here...
"it all started when my mom started drinking while pregnant..."
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.
Ram's are the Mustangs of trucks.
I resemble that remark.
Well, a truck was drifting, then it hit a telephone pole, then the entire world apparently burst into flames.
Some Fast and Furious shit, nothing to be seen here!
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.
Those things have oil? TIL
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.
.... I'd probably enjoy that for the adrenaline rush you get.
Stolen truck too, so you'd know they'd trash it. Just not Michael Bay trash it.
Was referring to the getting sprayed down part
I'm just here for the naked part.
I'm on board with that
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.
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.
Thanks, and of course stupid me forgot about the C in PCB which certainly won't just disappear in a furnace.
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?”
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...
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.
That’s really cool! Thanks for breaking it down.
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.
They stripped them down and hosed them off. This a military college or something?
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.
Well if they were truly humane they'd hose down their student loan debt too!
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.
Jeezus. Was anyone hurt? So how could this toxic oil reach anyone in the dorms?
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.
Thanks for explaining that a PCB in this context is not a printed circuit board. I was very confused for a moment.
Hey! I know about PCBs in lobster from Zodiac, one of the most humorous books iver read. Neil Stephenson, bizarre, hidden gem.
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
Yup. Mineral oil usually these days. I calibrate sensors for work in mineral oil. Transformers are surrounded by it.
Oh no, we gonna rock down to, Electric Avenue
And check out the big fire!
That escalated quickly. I mean that really got outta hand fast.
Brick killed a man!
“Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident”
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
"Dad what did you do before memes?"
"We recited lines from Will Ferrell movies, son."
Where did you get a grenade?
That was a very enjoyable video just when you thought it went up another impossible level...
I couldn't help but laugh at how quickly this went from 0 to 100
I was surprised I wasn’t watching an r/abruptchaos post.
I think I first saw it there
Couldn’t have put it better myself....It was drifting then a second later u saw lightning and the hand of god ...
That guy started Armageddon.
YOU COME AND GO
YOU COME AND GoooOOOoooOo
Lovin would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red gold and green
Red gold and greee uh EEENNN
Every day is like survival / you're my lover, not my rival
Y’all just put me onto some new music. Love the picture they paint with the lyrics, very relatable.
Holy crap. You’ve never heard culture club?!
That was a fun game. Especially driving into the football stadium and taking out the players.
Nah he created the Sphere the brings back the T-800 that starts Judgemenr Day
Carpocalypse! 1.21 gigawatts Marty!
See......this is why we nearly had to sign the sokovia accords.
Thanks now I have another sub Reddit to watch.
It ain't much, but its honest work.
Hope you didn’t have any plans for the next 48hrs or so.
Props to the cameraman! Serious balls of steel for catching the electrical arc in view before being showered with flaming sparky lava
That one dude was like omg! Like when the car was drifting. Got me cracking up
I legit can't stop laughing at this whole thing.
Anyone with a story?
Dallas, Tx. Just some douchebags trying to show off. This happened months ago.
Got a link? I couldn’t find anything when I searched.
That moment when you’re showing off your Texas-sized balls and then suddenly aware that you have well and truly shit the bed.
I could sworn I saw this video last year, summer of 2020. It's definitely Dallas.
less than 2 miles from my house, I'd prefer to not get vaporized on the way to work
You built a time machine, out of a truck!
To go forward in time a few hours and repost this to every sub.
When this baby hits a power pole, you’re gonna see some serious shit!
AHAHAHAHAHA! Did that seriously all just happen in just 11 seconds!? Fucking delicious.
This is the funniest fucking thing I’ve seen all month. It just gets progressively *much* worse with each second
I laughed way too fucking hard at this video tbh.
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
They can’t catch you if you destroy the traffic cams
Ya, that was them setting up for the races haha
The new electric slide
Is this Houston...
We have a problem
Dallas off Northwest Highway and Preston.
No wonder that intersection looks familiar!
Southern California too
Edit: [Alternate Angle](https://v.redd.it/i7e2wfjl8ha61)
You are the unnoticed hero, really wanted to see another angle of the explosion. thanks m8
It’s a classic final destination situation.
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.
Shocker, stolen truck.
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.
Why do the douches hand out the windows. I guess it’s a “hey please look at me” thing?
AUTOBOTS! ROLL OUT
He summoned Thor
I’m pretty sure that was Eren.
And just like that, this turned into a Michael Bay film.
Oh Lawd! oh Jesus!
THROW IT IN REVERESE TERRY
Mutha fukkin bootleg fireworks! Git da whadah.
Motherfucking bootleg fireworks.
I liked the part where shit went to fuck
So property damaged on that one!!! Way to go.
Yea........ drivers dead.......
Jesus Christ, second after second it just kept getting worse lol
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Shocking display of stupidity.
Lol if I'm not mistaken that was here in Dallas like 5mins from my house
I wish more idiots did awesome movie actions explosions like this
That escalated far more quickly than I could have imagined.
As long as no one was seriously hurt, that was fucking awesome 🤘🏼