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Old 06-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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You mean fire sprinkler water isn't clean?

The movies always show fire sprinkler water as crystal clear as a mountain stream, what on earth would cause oily black ooze?? LMAO

Who wants to bet someone was trying to hang a decoration off a head?


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...165006406.html
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Bride drenched in ‘oily black ooze’ from hotel sprinklers on wedding day

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.By Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – 22 hrs ago...


A hotel in Georgia literally rained on a bride's parade, covering her wedding party in an "oily black ooze" just moments before the ceremony was scheduled to begin.

Local affiliate WSBTV Channel 2 Action News reports that Shalita Harris were prepping for the ceremony at the Westin Hotel in College Park when the hotel's sprinkler system kicked in, drenching them. Video from the incident shows the women covered in "black soot."

"Before we got ready to leave the room, we heard a big boom." Harris said. "I felt like my life was going to end right then and there."

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene and five members of the wedding party were taken to the hospital after reported breathing problems. And somehow, in the midst of all the commotion, one child reportedly had a tooth knocked out.

"The sprinkler just came on and out of the sprinkler came black stuff," Bridesmaid Jasmine Robinson told the station.

Nonetheless the wedding ceremony still went on as planned. Well, mostly as planned. Only two of the eight bridesmaids were at the ceremony, as the rest were at the hospital either as patients or attending to friends.



The Westin Hotel's manager says only one room was affected by the triggered sprinkler system and tells WSBTV the cause of the dousing is still unknown.
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So they get a little wet and dirty and they have to be taken to the hospital?

WTF?
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So they get a little wet and dirty and they have to be taken to the hospital?

WTF?
They are laying the groundwork for a lawsuit.
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The movies always show fire sprinkler water as crystal clear as a mountain stream, what on earth would cause oily black ooze?? LMAO

Who wants to bet someone was trying to hang a decoration off a head?
I wouldn't take that bet. I've seen some nasty stuff from sprinklers. On commercial systems, that water stays in the steel pipes until a head goes off.

I like this: "The Westin Hotel's manager says only one room was affected by the triggered sprinkler system and tells WSBTV the cause of the dousing is still unknown."

Bullshit, they just don't want to dump on the wedding party. And of course only one room was affected, that's the way they are SUPPOSED to work. A single sprinkler handles about 99% of the fires.
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Someone definitely hung something from the head or it got hit somehow. They don't just pop. The water is like black ink after its been stagnant in the system for several years and it does stink but it smells like money to me.
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I have heard they are changing the pipes being used in residential systems so something like this wont happen, well the water would happen, it would just be cleaner.

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They would have had a fit at my work, our water comes right out the river and when the sprinklers go off you can find small fish and tiny ass crabs on the floor.
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I have heard they are changing the pipes being used in residential systems so something like this wont happen, well the water would happen, it would just be cleaner.

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Shalita Harris , someone with that type of name would complain to a local news channel.
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The movies get so much wrong when it comes to fire sprinklers this just happens to be a bonus no one thinks about.
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Kid probably got kneed/ran over by the adults.

OH MY GOD!!! THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM KICKED ON!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

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My building has MILES of 50 year old steel pipe. However, the water is always really clean. We completely drain the system for a twice a year inspection, and everytime the water is crystal clear, and no smell at all. I know in Arkansas it is mandatory that your system be inspected annually, and when they inspect ours they drain it every time.
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The typical sprinkler pipe is un coated steel, the black oily goo water is the result of the corrosion going on inside the piping. Oxygen is needed to complete the corrosion process so as the pipe rusts it uses up all the available oxygen and the corrosion stops but not till it has turned the water into this black SMELLY goo. The plastic residential systems prevent this, however the objective is to never need the water I suppose?
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My building has MILES of 50 year old steel pipe. However, the water is always really clean. We completely drain the system for a twice a year inspection, and everytime the water is crystal clear, and no smell at all. I know in Arkansas it is mandatory that your system be inspected annually, and when they inspect ours they drain it every time.
Flushing systems is not mandatory for inspections. That's your company that has it done unless its the authority having jurisdiction that wants it done. What is stored or manufactured in the building?
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My building has MILES of 50 year old steel pipe. However, the water is always really clean. We completely drain the system for a twice a year inspection, and everytime the water is crystal clear, and no smell at all. I know in Arkansas it is mandatory that your system be inspected annually, and when they inspect ours they drain it every time.
I have never heard of a system needing to be drained for a bi-annual inspection. And I do tons of work in hospitals, colleges, etc.

I do know that I have modified heads in a hospital day after day, and we had to drain the system in the morning, and fill it back up at nights. No matter how much you flush it, it still has that cutting oil smell to it.
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I wouldn't take that bet. I've seen some nasty stuff from sprinklers. On commercial systems, that water stays in the steel pipes until a head goes off.
Yeah, got that, sarcasm apparently is not found on the interwebs.

I was saying that I bet someone was trying to hang a decoration off a head and that is why it went off.
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Are you a sprink reckless??
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Nope, Commercial General Contractor

I do a lot of work in hospitals. So am fairly involved with all of the Fire Life Safety stuff.

Been at it 11+ years, and for the first time saw a copper sprinkler piping system in a high rise downtown. Thought that was odd?
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I set the sprinklers off in high school. We had a "tool crib" in auto tech where we stored all the tools. The floor was slick and I had a wrench in my hand. Slipped, threw my arm up to try to gain balance, "THWANG", got showered. WATER EVERYWHERE. The water line cutoff was in a locked room. So the FD came by, searched for the key for like 30m, then cut the door open. I have no idea how many thousands of gallons gushed out of that thing. It was full bore for almost an hour. We had to put all the cars on the lifts to raise them out of the water. I was sick to my stomach, but for the rest of the year we laughed about it. Fun times.

But yea, that water is not clear. Who knows how long its been sitting in those pipes.
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Nope, Commercial General Contractor

I do a lot of work in hospitals. So am fairly involved with all of the Fire Life Safety stuff.

Been at it 11+ years, and for the first time saw a copper sprinkler piping system in a high rise downtown. Thought that was odd?
I've seen alot in Hawaii. Not so much here. Downtown as in Portland? Where at? IIRC your from around here..
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There is no way Sheniqua lit a joint in the room or anything like that. No way.
Actually, sprinkler systems work by having a piece of lead blocking the water. The room has to get hot enough for the lead to melt to activate. Unless there is something new out there, lighting a smoke will not activate a sprinkler.
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We had a job at an old abandoned grocery store that was going to be rehabbed into a school. Pipes hadn't been inspected in 15-18 years from the reports we found on site. The water coming from the drain was yellow and carbonated from the time in the pipes. Every time we had to remove a drop we would vacate for a smoke break due to the smell.

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I've seen alot in Hawaii. Not so much here. Downtown as in Portland? Where at? IIRC your from around here..
Yep, Portland. I am personally out in the Beaverton area.
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