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    HUGE chemical fire in Rockton, IL. Evacuation covers 1mi radius! Chemical plant manufactures industrial lubricants like lithium grease, other greases, and machine tool lubricants. Smoke plum streaming south for 40 mi and more. Fireballs bursting hundreds of ft in air. Watching live coverage on local TV.

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    Helicopters from Chicago news outlets filming from, air.

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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    That is one nasty fire! Glad no one seems to be hurt.
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    Goggle eyed. Jeesh.

    Sort of reminds me when Saddam torched Kuwait's oil fields on his way outta town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    Goggle eyed. Jeesh.

    Sort of reminds me when Saddam torched Kuwait's oil fields on his way outta town.
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    ^ . . . Or John Wayne in 'The Hellfighters' . . .

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    typical democratic city
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Too bad Red Adair is no longer with us.
    Red Skelton would be just as helpful with this one.

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    Still burning today, probably will for a few more considering what-all they had on site.

    You need grease? Maybe buy what you can now; this plant is the biggest manufacturing facility in the USA for that. Yet one more burp in the supply chain fiasco we've been hit with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    HUGE chemical fire in Rockton, IL. Evacuation covers 1mi radius! Chemical plant manufactures industrial lubricants like lithium grease, other greases, and machine tool lubricants. Smoke plum streaming south for 40 mi and more. Fireballs bursting hundreds of ft in air. Watching live coverage on local TV.
    (bold) I sure hope the lithium doesn't boost the explosive output to much greater than expected, as it has with some hydrogen bombs.

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    I feel bad for all the people downwind of this disaster. I wouldn’t be eating anything from any vegetable gardens downwind this year. Or for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp_clark View Post
    Still burning today, probably will for a few more considering what-all they had on site.

    You need grease? Maybe buy what you can now; this plant is the biggest manufacturing facility in the USA for that. Yet one more burp in the supply chain fiasco we've been hit with.
    I'm lucky, I bought a good sized tub of good standard rolling-contact bearing grease, as well as a tub of marine (green) grease for same, a couple years ago, for bike repairs. And anti-seize. Don't need much else these days.
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    Plume was directly overhead Monday for approx 10 hours as changing wind moved it from just a bit west of us at 9:00am to a bit east at 7:00pm. Plume was high enough for there to be no smoke smell, though a few small bits of ash debris could be seen floating to ground. We are something like 15 mi from fire location. Residences only a mile or so downwind have debris appearing to be roof insulation as large as a sq ft in size, though on a TV screen most seemed about the size of a 50 cent coin.

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    Rockton is hardly a "democratic" city. Rockton and nearby Roscoe have fairly economicaly homogenious populations except for being very low in black and latino components. Rockton is well-known for it's plurality of old limestone homes (second to Williamsburg, VA) which are all nicely restored. N Illinois has a lot of limestone and once had many Itallian stone cutters working that industry. These homes (and some other buildings) all reflect Italinate style.

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    village president is dem
    village council is dem
    voted overwhelmingly for biden/harris

    just say'n
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    And the people we know (not a small group) are all gag-me-with-a-spoon repugnant.

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    When moving into this region 25 years ago we placed the highest value on what high school our daughter might be transferring to from Duluth, MN. Hononegah HS, thought to be the premier HS in the region, failed to impress our daughter. The Student Counselor seemed to be too full of himself, ignoring our sophomore-age daughter by directing his monolog to my wife and me. He seemed too interested in where we intended to buy a home and could not understand how that would depend on which area HS our daughter would attend. She ended up choosing the most racially diverse school in another city (not Rockford) whose Student Counselor's office had walls plastered with photos of former students, along with a USMC DI hat. She graduated as one of the Valedictorians.

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    i googled all of that
    the vote for biden was 54/46
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    look, my comment was an ironical throwaway comment regardless

    dang
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    look, my comment was an ironical throwaway comment regardless

    dang
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Plume was directly overhead Monday for approx 10 hours as changing wind moved it from just a bit west of us at 9:00am to a bit east at 7:00pm. Plume was high enough for there to be no smoke smell, though a few small bits of ash debris could be seen floating to ground. We are something like 15 mi from fire location. Residences only a mile or so downwind have debris appearing to be roof insulation as large as a sq ft in size, though on a TV screen most seemed about the size of a 50 cent coin.
    yikes

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    That was as of Monday, not sure exactly when. Report is all employees safe, fire being allowed to burn out so as to avoid polluting nearby Rock River. Cause unknown which doesn’t surprise me at all if it’s under control but still burning.

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    One can see the Rock River flowing to the west about halfway along what is clearly visible of the plume. Our neighborhood is under the plume about 2/3 of the distance between fire location and where you see the river; still a fairly dark area of plume.

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