[Morning Briefs] Fire, Gas and a Solar Eruption!

8 Mar

The Franklin County Grain Growers building in Preston is engulfed in flames Wednesday night, after an overheated bearing ignited grain dust. (screen grab via Local News 8)

It’s all about combustion in southeast Idaho today. Last night, a fire burned through the Franklin County Grain Growers building in Preston, which will probably completely destroy the place. In Pocatello, fire fighters cleaned up 25 gallons of spilled gasoline at a gas station. In outer space, the sun erupted, sending radiation to rain down on the world. Try not to explode, OK?

  • Fire fighters worked all night Wednesday to put out a fire at the Franklin County Grain Growers building in Preston. The building caught fire when an overheated bearing on a conveyor belt ignited some grain dust and quickly engulfed the entire building. Fortunately, the Franklin County Fire Battalion has had a fire plan in place for the building for at least 30 years, according to chief Scott Martin. But even with the plan in place, the fire was simply too big, and the building will likely collapse.The loss is big for people in Preston. Martin said it has been a place of gathering for local ranchers and farmers, and, of course, there are always the employees that worked there. [LN8]
  • About 25 gallons of gasoline spilled at a Pocatello gas station Wednesday night, forcing police to block off the station while fire fighters could clean up the mess. According to police, a customer was filling four 50-gallon barrels in the back of his pickup at the Maverick station on Alameda Road. While filling one up, he discovered it had a leak, but he had already filled it about halfway. Firefighters used oil stop, a sand mixture, to clean up the mess before securing the barrel to stop any remaining leakage. [ISJ]
  • A giant solar flare is engulfing the planet! In fact, the sun erupted Tuesday with two of the largest solar flares of the 11-year solar cycle. The first flare traveled toward the planet at about 1,300 miles per second, while the second flare traveled at about 1,100 miles per second. When the flares finally reached some NASA satellite equipment, the geomagnetic storm that resulted was rated relatively low, rated a G1 on a scale that goes up to G5. You also have to worry about those pesky radiation storms that are capable of disrupting satellite operations and high-frequency radio transmissions. It doesn’t look like anything will really be affected, but it produced some pretty cool video. [NASA]

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