09/16/13 180 W - + 4 - 0 Fatal Fire Pit Explosion in Fayetteville


This Fayetteville Observer story has details on the fatal fire pit explosion on Saturday night. One person was killed and four people were injured when an explosion occurred at a fire pit in the driveway at 6544 St. Louis Street. The blast occurred about 8:30 p.m. and when some seven adults and ten children were sitting around the pit.

The resulting shrapnel killed an adult male, 28 years old. He was pronounced dead the scene. Three other adults and one child were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Others also received various injuries, it appears, but were not transported. Damage to surrounding property included a Ford Taurus parked nearby that was heavily damaged.

No cause has been identified by officials, though it is believed to have been accidental. Neighbors described the explosion as sounding like an artillery blast from Fort Bragg. See also this second Observer story. Next question, what are fire pits, how do they work, and how dangerous are they? Perhaps one of our readers will tackle that one.





Mike, fire pits can be purchased at most home improvement stores or garden shops. Originally most were metal round tubs about 4 or 5 feet across with short legs and a wire mesh dome that fits on the top. They were used to burn wood in , out in the yard or on your patio on cool nights giving you that campfire effect folks could sit around but in a safer more controlled manner. Several years ago stores started selling fire pits that were fueled by LP gas, same purpose, just less work and I guess safer in some ways especially when used on wooded decks or during dry outdoor conditions, LP gas also allowed the makers to introduce various designs that would not be possible with burning wood. We’ve had a wood burning one for years they are very popular up here in the mountains were the nights are already getting cool. I’ve never heard of an incident up here involving a fire pit .
Galax,Va - 09/16/13 - 10:57



  
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