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rudely awakened while plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jason2, Dec 22, 2000.

  1. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    I was plowing an army reserve lot this morning. Everything is going great, besides being half asleep. All of a sudden BAM!. Sounded like a high power rifle went off in the cab. About killed the truck stopping it. Eyes flying over the guages, oil pressure fine, temp fine. No funny noises after the initial bang. Stopped, opened the hood. Everything fine. Clutch hadn't exploded. But the sound of it was unlike any mechanical failure I've ever encountered.

    Start plowing again, wide awake now. Running possible explanations through my mind. Finally figured since I was on a army lot, maybe somebody dropped a live round on the ground. My blade somehow managed to hit the primer and set off the shell.

    Wasn't until about an hour later that the evidence appeared.
    I happened to look down next to my shifter, and there lying in shreds was a lighter. That same lighter had been on the dash by my defroster vent earlier in the morning. Guess it got hot and blew up. Chunks of plastic all over. And I was so asleep I didn't even see it explode, just felt and heard it.
     
  2. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    Thats funny!
     
  3. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    And, abit scarey.
     
  4. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    I would use this as a learning experience.

    1. Never do that again...

    or

    2. Throw one up there every 30-minutes, that way you'll have one go off every half-hour to keep you awake.

    Personally, option 1 sounds like the way to go.

    -Tim
     
  5. Deere John

    Deere John Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Ya, that idea belongs in the "Plowing too long" thread.
     
  6. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Glad you're still with us, better get the 12v coffee maker for the plow truck!

    I don't know about those bic lighters

    Thank you Zippo Company, I'll take the lighter fluid burn on my leg any time.