Monday, August 16, 2010

I spy with my little eye ... a burning Porsche?

Burning Porsche - Subcompact Culture
While eating a sandwich at Subway in Vancouver, WA, my Dad and I noticed something burning. We saw a firetruck. We saw smoke. We overheard people say words like "Porsche" and "on fire" ...

Burning Porsche 911 - Subcompact CultureAfter consuming my semi-delicious chicken breast sandwich, we walked out to see none other than a Porsche 911 on fire. It was a crispy little number. We talked to a fireman as to why they were just letting it burn. One word: Magnesium. Apparently, the firemen did attempt to put some water on the burning German sports car, but quickly found out that something on the car (I assume the wheels?) were made of magnesium. And when you add water to burning magnesium you get this:

The good news is the owner got out OK. The bad news is, well, I think the photos speak for themselves.

1 comment:

nlpnt said...

VW bug engine blocks are magnesium. I think older aircooled Porsches (that looks like a late '70s/80s one) are too.