Ok, it wasn’t really armageddon, but the twitter feed from today’s port incident was priceless.
It began with a few tweets by @SFriedScientist
SFriedScientist – Morehead Port is closed due to nine containers being punctured; inside are highly explosive materials know as PETN.
SFriedScientist – Why in the hell are there nine containers of pentaerythritol tetranitrate sitting in my port?
SFriedScientist – and for that matter how the hell did they get left in a position for nine of them to be punctured?
SFriedScientist – Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is one of the most powerful high explosives known, with a relative effectiveness factor of 1.66.
SFriedScientist – The XTX8003 extrudable explosive, used in the W68 and W76 nuclear warheads, is a mixture of 80% PETN and 20% of Sylgard 182
KZelnio – if I don’t tweet again by end of the day, it was great getting to know all of you and reading your posts. Good luck in life keep swimming!
KZelnio – Downtown Morehead has been evacuated and roads closed off, we are only a few miles away from the port at the marine lab
KZelnio – I hope my wife and kids are far enough away from any potential blast. If I don’t make it out Linda I’ve always loved you more than anything
@WhySharksMatter chimes in:
WhySharksMatter – At least [you're in] the sturdiest building in North Carolina, and by sturdiest, I mean ugliest
SFriedScientist – whatsamatter, never been 9 containers of semtex away from your maker before?
KZelnio – Does nearly drowning in undertow count?
SFriedScientist – highly explosive undertow?
KZelnio – maybe that was the back of my head being scraped along the sandy bottom
BomaiBlat – 15 minutes to abandoning island, any bright idea as to where we might take refuge?
SFriedScientist – @kzelnio @BomaiBlat and me have evacuated the island along with the rest of the Duke Marine Lab
KZelnio – Our island is now being evacuated. Time to head to lunch!
KZelnio – Taking refuge @ royal james w @sfriedscientist@bomaiblat. getting last beer b4 blowing up
KZelnio – we should take @sfriedscientist’s boat to check out #mhcportfail
SFriedScientist – are you crazy? The only thing more likely to explode than the port is my boat
SFriedScientist – In the shadow of disaster we gather at the pub and drink, isn’t this the plot to Shaun of the Dead? @kzelnio @BomaiBlat
The Blogosphere chimes in:
AbelPharmboy – When I heard of poss explosion in Morehead, I thought that @kzelnio or @SFriedScientist had a clogged blowoff tube from homebrew-gone-bad
SFriedScientist – explosions tend to follow me and @kzelnio
NerdyChristie – Well, yes, blowing up would be bad. Try not to do that.
boraz – @pzmyers Ocean bloggers – that’s all a part of some plot of theirs to overshadow everyone else at #scio10
oystersgarter – @SFriedScientist @BoraZ @pzmyers Plot? Of course there’s no plot. Only melodious song and Carhartts.
SFriedScientist – we don’t need a plot for that…
The sober truth:
SFriedScientist – Morehead city apocalypse causes @sfriedscientist to abandon his sober January
SFriedScientist – Current reports indicate that of 9 55-gal drums, 1 was punctured by a forklift. Doomsday will probably not be today @abelpharmboy
SFriedScientist – All is well in our little part of the world
eclecticechoes – @kzelnio @SFriedScientist What, y’all got bored down there? Next time maybe microwaving moon pies would be better!
Read AbelPharmboy’s assessment here: Science Blogger Evacuate Morehead City
I need a nap.
~Southern Fried Scientist