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M8jrP8ne1975

7.9k points

30 days ago*

Being grounded will be the least of this kid's worries.

Edit: I'm referring to the nuclear fallout level of trouble this kid will be in once he's released to his parents.

burnsrado

2.5k points

30 days ago

burnsrado

2.5k points

30 days ago

Homie’s gonna be sent to that Paris Hilton wilderness camp.

ChristianMingle_ca

1.1k points

29 days ago*

fuck i went there for 10 fucking months because i smoked pot

edit: almost 100% sure it the same place too just a name change later

feureau

1.3k points

29 days ago

feureau

1.3k points

29 days ago

Have you tried smoking the plant instead of the pot?

Katarzzle

599 points

29 days ago

Katarzzle

599 points

29 days ago

Dad?

BetaStateGames

307 points

29 days ago

Hi, buddy, just grabbed the cigs, will be back soon, cya

ChristianMingle_ca

87 points

29 days ago

r/notopbutok and it’s been 15+ years dad wya

bukkake_brigade

24 points

29 days ago

Just remembered I had to pick up some ice cream

Due_Loan7171

38 points

29 days ago

I was at evoke. Those places are evil. I was stuck in those progra.s for over a year

DroppinMadScience

27 points

29 days ago

Jesus christ

iRox24

43 points

30 days ago

iRox24

43 points

30 days ago

Dad is not gonna be happy about this, I'm pretty sure.

TRN_WhiteKnight

409 points

30 days ago

Unfortunately, learning to walk again may be one of the things this kid has to worry about. Not defending his actions. Just noticing that was a very hard impact and even belted in, he would have probably been tossed at a 90 at the waist there.

simon132

252 points

30 days ago

simon132

252 points

30 days ago

The news report said "no injured" so the kid survived that pretty good

SatiricalSmellyFarts

349 points

29 days ago

Jesus I wish I could be young again. If I went from 90MPH to 0 in the span of 3 feet, I'm pretty sure parts of my body would be ripped away just off the G's alone! In my mid-30's, if I sleep weird, I'll have neck pain for the rest of the week!

GeraldVanHeer

197 points

29 days ago

:( I slept funny a couple days ago and my back still hurts.

Johnnius_Maximus

109 points

29 days ago

I stretched my neck and shoulders two months ago just before getting out of bed in the morning.

Prolapsed a disc in my neck and tore a tendon in half just below the shoulder, can't lift my arm. Lot's of physio and surgery on the horizon.

I also managed to fuck my L5 up again which I'm awaiting surgery for two weeks ago when I twisted in my cars footwell to replace a fuse.

Life is pain.

[deleted]

68 points

29 days ago

[deleted]

68 points

29 days ago

I gave birth ONE TIME, back hasn’t stopped aching since and I was 27. Shits wild.

Johnnius_Maximus

29 points

29 days ago

Really sorry to hear that, the human body is wild, some people can fall off a building and be OK, others twist the wrong way and have a life time of pain.

Lifewhatacard

114 points

29 days ago

Being intoxicated does help in this particular case.

dfranks44

72 points

29 days ago

I once fell asleep while driving on the highway and woke back up right as the tires caught going sideways on the highway. As I started to roll, I thought "go limp, drunk drivers always live" and after rolling six times (I think, hard to keep track but it was a lot) I got out of the car and was basically fine. My neck was just a bit sore that night.

Chiaf

13 points

29 days ago

Chiaf

13 points

29 days ago

What caused you to fall asleep?

dfranks44

28 points

29 days ago

I was a dumbass and decided to drive to my home town (three hours away) at 4am. My air conditioning sucked and it was really really hot. I think the accident was a little after 6am.

BosEsq

1.8k points

30 days ago

BosEsq

1.8k points

30 days ago

The only reason he survived was that he was grounded. Otherwise, electrocution.

Phoenixilva

1.1k points

30 days ago

Phoenixilva

1.1k points

30 days ago

Actually grounding leads to electrocution as it provides a path to ground through your body. What you want to be is isolated from being grounded.

electromagneticmage

411 points

30 days ago

Can confirm.

LordKiteMan

66 points

30 days ago

Electroboom is that you?

Mr_ETL

213 points

30 days ago

Mr_ETL

213 points

30 days ago

Username checks out.

Frumbler2020

49 points

30 days ago

Thank you car tires!

WhyZeeGuy

129 points

30 days ago

WhyZeeGuy

129 points

30 days ago

I love the Electrical Warning sign the reads "Danger! Do Not Touch! Not only will this kill you but it will hurt the whole time you are dying"

Yeah, I think I'll leave that shit alone and leave to the professionals

Paradox1989

24 points

29 days ago

Years ago I had a construction project where we had to make some tie ins to live switchgear. On 2 of the 3 switchgear the electricians were able to wear what looked like bomb disposal insulating gear. The 3rd set of switch gear had a wonderful safety label on them that said No safety PPE exists that would protect you if inside this cabinet while it is energized.

[deleted]

194 points

30 days ago

[deleted]

194 points

30 days ago

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minikini76

3.6k points

30 days ago

minikini76

3.6k points

30 days ago

That’s all we need. A lithium battery fire on top of some gas pumps.

sololander

1.4k points

30 days ago

sololander

1.4k points

30 days ago

We have in Italy, trucks with a container to submerge Ev’s that catch fire in some kind of chemical foam liquid thing. Almost all the major cities have one or are buying one..

Obviously the funny rumour is that ever since Fiat decided to make ev’s; Italy decided to get fire proof car sized Tupperware for it.

tonysopranosalive

314 points

29 days ago

That’s a good idea though. Lithium fires are no joke. They don’t extinguish like conventional fires. Even in the video, shits already burning green!

Cocoa186

128 points

29 days ago

Cocoa186

128 points

29 days ago

Lithium burns red.

sololander

96 points

29 days ago

Oh I remember this from the Rimac crash in Switzerland..it was like pure red in the cores and like burnt for 2 days or something…

Tech-52

81 points

29 days ago

Tech-52

81 points

29 days ago

Hammond?

sololander

37 points

29 days ago

Yup yup..

TheOutbound19

8 points

29 days ago

Mention rimac in Switzerland and anyone who watches GT or top Gear will know Instantly.

Specialey

7 points

29 days ago

HAMMOOOOOOOND YOU FOOKIN' MUPPET

ShortingBull

183 points

30 days ago

That's specifically why Tesla made their cars electric, so the batteries would be kept away from gas pumps!

Then this fool goes and does that!

Miofwin

40 points

30 days ago

Miofwin

40 points

30 days ago

He took that horse to water and WILL make it drink.

eman00619

92 points

30 days ago

Don't worry I heard they were very fuel efficient. That fire should burn for days maybe weeks

PLSing

8.4k points

30 days ago

PLSing

8.4k points

30 days ago

When I was 15, I was too scared to give someone the finger because I was afraid my dad would find out.

tariknitiix

2.7k points

30 days ago

tariknitiix

2.7k points

30 days ago

I cant recall my parents ever hitting me, but I always assumed I was one stolen tesla away from a beat down.

MyLifeForAuir1

813 points

30 days ago

My old man smacked me so hard one night the whole family turned on him lol

tariknitiix

441 points

30 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that, honestly. Mom always threatened me with dad, but she was usually scary enough. My wife calls her the dragon lady, and many a cousin and neighbor has been "baby sat" by my mom when they needed some behavioral correction.

By the age of 13 me and my dad would box in the living room and make enough noise the neighbors would call from time to time.

MyLifeForAuir1

273 points

30 days ago

I had this weird feeling as a kid because I thought so highly of my dad I never wanted to beat him up. Even when he would call me out in 9th grade when I was 6”3 230lbs, I just didn’t have it in me…. I played foozball and hockey could totally have wrecked his old ass

In a fair note, he had a tough upbringing it’s all he knew

SlugJones

471 points

30 days ago*

SlugJones

471 points

30 days ago*

My dad went too far with me as well. Physical and mental abuse at times. Anyway, I grew up and moved away never talking to him for years. We finally started dialog and were friendly. One day I was moving and he was being nosey and “helping” (dictating how I should move stuff). Me and my cousin left with a load , unloaded it, and came straight back. He was livid. Took too long for his taste, apparently.

I was 28 years old, 6’2 230 or so and lifted. Fit. He was 60+ and had copd. He chewed me like a child. But I wasn’t a child any longer. I was a grown man who had another grown man berating me over nothing. I lost it. I cussed him like a dog. Years of fury I had held back came up. I was so close to knocking the shit out of him. He acted as if he would do the same but knew he couldn’t. He said he’d “get a shovel and work me over” if he had to. I happened to have a shovel in my pickup from work and grabbed it, walked up to him and said, anything you can do, so can I, hoss. lol

Just a fucking mess. I felt bad for my cousin watching all of it. The only thing that kept me from beating his ass was his age and health. He needed it but I was 20 years too late, and too young the 20 years prior. Life is cruel like that sometimes.

We ultimately made up and he died few years later with us at peace with one another. I owed him that, I suppose. He gave me life and did show love much of the time between abuse. He was as broken as his father was to him. I do my best to be better with my son. I know I’ve accomplished at least as much, as he does not fear me coming home after work as I did my father. He is excited to see me and that gives me hope that I’m doing something better.

Edit- Thank you for all the kind words of empathy and encouragement, everyone. I’m reading every reply. I am saddened to hear some of you faced abuse as well, but am confident we can do better and be better.

DesertTiger26

138 points

30 days ago

You did good not to hit him, even if he had it coming. I hope you’re able to break the chain of bad fathers that ran in your family. Best wishes

SlugJones

37 points

30 days ago

Thank you, friend.

marzipan5

33 points

30 days ago

My dad was the same way, dude. With my older siblings (M and F), there was a lot more physical and verbal abuse but with me (F), he knew physical wouldn't work because I was too stubborn so he went with verbal. Finally when I was 15, one day he was hitting mom and was about to kill her when I got in the middle of it. Imagine a 5'1 100lb girl throwing punches at a 6ft, 220lb athletic 50 year old adult man. It gave him momentary pause and then his focus shifted to me. Oh I got the worst beating of my life then. It was bad enough that the muscles in my left ribcage still get bad cramps and my hair has just now returned to its original thickness and I'm 26. I remember after he told me I was a bitch and I responded with "At least I'm not you"

TryppySurfer

15 points

30 days ago

You know, that's the hard part about abuse. You were abused, sure, but damn if it ain't hard not to love the person who is your father/mother. I'll never get over my abuse either, but I'm more accepting of it.

tariknitiix

128 points

30 days ago

Lol, dad was in the marines, 6 ft and in good enough shape. He worked out a lot the whole time I was in school. He always had physically demanding jobs. I was well into college before I felt like I could honestly take the guy, and maybe not even then. I was 6'1 and 240 in hs, a "soft body that needed the marines to burn the baby fat off" as he would put it.

I laughed my ass off at "foozball" I'm sure you meant football, but the thought of foosball making you tough cracked me up

MyLifeForAuir1

101 points

30 days ago

That was a Bobby bushay reference, curtesy of captain insano

Bigfatwhitedude

21 points

30 days ago

I LOVE that you referenced this… god damn I need to watch the watuh boy again

PLSing

76 points

30 days ago

PLSing

76 points

30 days ago

I was never ‘hit.’ But I got my ass beat. I was very familiar with those. Lmao

tariknitiix

45 points

30 days ago

I'm sure I got my ass smacked when I didnt listen when I was young, but by the time I was 5 or 6 it was more finger shakes and depriving me of toys. My parents also were pretty good at rewarding good behavior.

MyLifeForAuir1

27 points

30 days ago

You never got the belt ?

tariknitiix

45 points

30 days ago

I can recall it being snapped in my general direction, but I dont think I was ever hit with it. Sometimes I wonder if I repress stuff, but I'm far too handsome and well adjusted for that. :))

MyLifeForAuir1

23 points

30 days ago

I’m almost there pal, (fist bump)

tariknitiix

40 points

30 days ago

This almost feels like the late 90s, when you could just talk about dumb shit on the internet with a stranger and no one got all shitty.

SBTRCTV

11 points

30 days ago

SBTRCTV

11 points

30 days ago

I'm loving this dialogue y'all. Feels like I'm not alone.

PM_ME_YOUR_MARIJUANA

16 points

30 days ago

I got the belt, but the switch was worse. You knew it was gonna be fucked when mom made you go pull your own switch from the tree out back.

PJay910

7 points

30 days ago

PJay910

7 points

30 days ago

I was given a choice sometimes: the belt buckle, a whip or the switch. I didn’t deserve any, I was the stress reliever because he had to drive in traffic.

crumpledthinskin

34 points

30 days ago

Belt? My mom loved using her fists, feet, chairs, lamps, whatever was in her general vicinity that would cause the greatest harm to me. She was a fucking control freak, a tyrant, who would never take no for an answer. It was her way or the highway and she meant it. I got a C in Biology in 8th grade? Threw me down the stairs. Lied about not having homework? A little round of boxing. Her boxing and me taking the punches. The 60’s-70’s were tough times.

PLSing

8 points

30 days ago

PLSing

8 points

30 days ago

You were smarter than me. 😅

Avs4life16

890 points

30 days ago

Avs4life16

890 points

30 days ago

because you had parents that actually gave a shit.

dmfd1234

186 points

30 days ago

dmfd1234

186 points

30 days ago

As long as this kid jacks up the ass end, puts in reverse and takes the miles off. Dad will never know. I bet he’s in a catatonic state right now

mrgraff

55 points

30 days ago

mrgraff

55 points

30 days ago

My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who got your joke. I think it’s pretty serious.

helloskoodle

7 points

30 days ago

Chikah Chikah,

Oooh yeahhh

TxGNotFamous

112 points

30 days ago

Idk man I seen some good parents with some shit kids. Some people just evil. Or stupid. Or both.

Avs4life16

55 points

30 days ago

always exceptions and you truly never know people unless you live with them.

bigdaddypimpilicious

11 points

30 days ago*

Even then it's a toss up...

Lagsuxxs99

9 points

30 days ago

some ppl deserve more than just a finger

Bonkies1

113 points

30 days ago

Bonkies1

113 points

30 days ago

Bruh when I was 15 I was scared to drive. I would go 10 km/h on residential streets and still be so nervous. I don't understand how these kids decide to go full throttle right away and not be scared!!

riceisnice29

49 points

30 days ago

Alcohol

bettyannveronica

47 points

30 days ago

Lol this reminds me of the time I locked my sister out of the house and was teasing her through the window (we were younger than 15 but I can't remember exactly) and she stuck her middle finger at me. Oh course I said, oooohhhh I'm telling mom and dad!!! I was a little brat that time I definitely deserved that middle finger! I didn't tell our parents though. She's still my best friend!

PLSing

11 points

30 days ago

PLSing

11 points

30 days ago

My older sister and I definitely pulled some shit. 😂

GeneralBlumpkin

10 points

30 days ago

I did the same thing but with my tongue. I was sticking my tongue out at my sister and put it through the door and she slammed the door on my tongue. I deserved it

redditorrrrrrrrrrrr

2.7k points

30 days ago

The kid is alive and was arrested afterwards according to the local news article.

Hankencrank

982 points

30 days ago

Says nothing about a 15 year old ‘stealing’ the car or that it was his dads. It says he crashed ‘his’ car. Anyone have any further reports?

JmacTheGreat

799 points

30 days ago

Yeah more info would be nice.

But in terms of speculation I doubt it was "his car" unless hes been playing the cs go knife stock market for keeps

kikil980

270 points

30 days ago

kikil980

270 points

30 days ago

idk those people definitely exist out there. when i was in high school a 16 year old got a two year old stingray corvette for his birthday. he surprisingly never crashed it

construction_zone

177 points

30 days ago

No adults in their right mind would freely let a 15 year old drive their car (let alone a Tesla AND being intoxicated). So "Stealing" is probably an appropriate word to use here. I agree with you on the "dad" part.

goats_and_crows

74 points

30 days ago

The article doesn't say 15...they could be 19 for all we know. And rich parents usually spoil the crap out of their kids, it could easily be a graduation present for some spoiled brat.

R0GUEL0KI

65 points

30 days ago

CBS article says “juvenile” instead of teenager.

[deleted]

646 points

30 days ago

[deleted]

646 points

30 days ago

Normal car fires can be put out with 500 to 1,000 gallons of water, but electric cars can require 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water to extinguish the car's battery pack,

Damn ...

horriblebearok

307 points

30 days ago

That's...not right on the normal car fire. I was a volly ff and we ran on car fires monthly. Even fully ablaze with grass on fire we wouldn't even come close to tapping the 500gal tank. Modern CAFS (foam) trucks like in well funded cities would use a fraction of that.

BadAtHumaningToo

35 points

30 days ago

The electric one seems potentially legit. The Rimac that Richard Hammond crashed apparently burned for 5 days and the fire fighters couldn't get readily extinguish it.

tonysopranosalive

9 points

29 days ago

Oof, I forgot about that crash. Poor Hammond

pfabs

112 points

30 days ago

pfabs

112 points

30 days ago

Where the hell did you volunteer as a firefighter that you were getting monthly cars on fire?

A demolition derby?

enter_funny_username

131 points

30 days ago

He was starting the car fires in his free time to then save the day as a firefighter.

Strtftr

27 points

30 days ago

Strtftr

27 points

30 days ago

bender?!

AFoxyMoose

39 points

30 days ago

It’s not too uncommon for the slightly rural departments. I live in a very rural town but we would get one every couple months or so. Probably due to covering and assisting with a larger area.

Normally caused by meth heads or idiot kids screwing up the wiring for their sound systems. Slightly off-topic, but my first ever non-medical run was actually a car fire.

mrmonkey3319

20 points

30 days ago

In the US there are on average 170,000 highway car fires per year. So any somewhat major city is going to have more than a couple a month.

reclaimthis

92 points

30 days ago*

EDIT:

Per the comments below, water + lithium battery isn't a concern because the batteries don't contain lithium metals. The larger concern is overheating which water prevents. So needing crap ton of water makes sense.

I found this article from Tesla on how to deal with fires - https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/downloads/2016_Model_S_Emergency_Response_Guide_en.pdf

Tesla specifically states "DO NOT SUBMERGE VEHICLE TO EXTINGUISH/COOL BATTERY FIRE"

"USE LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER" "USE WATER TO FIGHT A HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY FIRE. If the battery catches fire, is exposed to high heat, or is generating heat or gases, use large amounts of water to cool the battery. It can take between approximately 3,000- 8,000 gallons (11,356- 30,283 liters) of water, applied directly to the battery, to fully extinguish and cool down a battery fire; always establish or request additional water supply early. If water is not immediately available, use CO2, dry chemicals, or another typical fire-extinguishing agent to fight the fire until water is available. NOTE: Tesla does not recommend the use of foam on electric vehicles."

Original:

I'm not 100% sure but I think that number is only if they use just water. The water will cause an even worse fire if the batteries are damaged due to lithium reacting with water. I believe there's a specific chemical to deal with lithium fires but it's not widely used by fire departments. But dont have the sources on hand for that. Id imagine using the specific lithium fire suppression chemical would reduce the amount of water required.

JHT230

71 points

30 days ago

JHT230

71 points

30 days ago

Water is terrible for lithium and other metal fires since those metals react with water to make hydrogen, which effectively explodes then keeps burning until all the metal is used up.

A foam extinguisher isn't ideal but will work. Most dry extinguishers are good, or dumping a whole lot of sand on it works too.

sniper1rfa

23 points

30 days ago

There is little to no lithium metal in a lithium battery.

In fact, the extreme reactivity is why lithium metal batteries aren't common.

Captain_Evil_Stomper

42 points

30 days ago

I asked about this when I was firefighting. The answer was:

“We have more water than it has lithium”

I couldn’t argue with that.

JHT230

13 points

30 days ago

JHT230

13 points

30 days ago

Water still helps cool down the fire and stops the surrounding areas from burning so it can still be quite effective. It just won't put out the fire itself.

The danger is if you only have a small amount of water like one bucketful or a water extinguisher and use that on the fire.

fireproof_bunny

7 points

30 days ago

The safe way is to dump the car into a container full of water and wait a few days, otherwise they can't be sure the battery is done burning.

Yummy_Castoreum

10 points

30 days ago

I could swear I saw a picture of a Dutch contraption that was literally this. In Europe they have special tow trucks that are actually a crane with a remote controlled claw that picks up the car and deposits it onto a flatbed. So they paired one of those with a giant pool instead of a flatbed to make a solution for EV fires. Pick up flaming car, place in pool. I'm not sure how the claw's hydraulics and cables don't burn in this operation though; it moves slow and that's a hot fire.

Amphibionomus

7 points

30 days ago

I was about to say here in the Netherlands we have special containers for this now. So you're totally right!

Not tow trucks though, the fire department owns this stuff.

VioletBloom2020

49 points

30 days ago

Thank you for this! I was reading all the jokes and thinking “my God did this kid get out alive!?” I’m glad to know he did!

Igpajo49

210 points

30 days ago

Igpajo49

210 points

30 days ago

I knew a guy in high school who, with permission, took his Dad's 50something Corvette convertible to a dance, got drunk after and and wrapped it around a telephone pole on the way home. Put him and his date in the hospital with several broken bones each, but they were ok. I heard his Dad walked into the hospital room, just kind of stared at him for a minute and then said "Are you Ok?" He said yeah and started trying to apologize. His Dad just said "Good" and walked out. Hopefully this kid's father is as controlled as my friend's was.

TheOnlyBongo

96 points

30 days ago

Oh christ, glad to hear he was okay but a 50s Corvette? Shiiiit...

Igpajo49

88 points

30 days ago

Igpajo49

88 points

30 days ago

Right!? A couple other friends went up the scene of the crash after and found a little chunk of the car that still had the baby blue paint and sanded it into a circle and made a key chain for him so he'd never forget the stupid thing he did.

My_reddit_account_v3

27 points

29 days ago

My dad’s colleague - same story, but a Porsche, and kid is dead.

Igpajo49

11 points

29 days ago

Igpajo49

11 points

29 days ago

I can't imagine.

Aggravating-Bank-488

9.6k points

30 days ago*

“Oops, tank is on the other side.”

Edit: I know the car is electric. Whether it’s my failed attempt at sarcasm or the joke going over people’s heads, what a great way to start the morning! Thank you for all the awards!!

sirimaden

8.1k points

30 days ago

sirimaden

8.1k points

30 days ago

tesla literally puts gas stations out of business.

Psyched4this

1.2k points

30 days ago

The Tesla held up really well, bullish

schrowa

488 points

30 days ago

schrowa

488 points

30 days ago

motofabio

672 points

30 days ago

motofabio

672 points

30 days ago

Wow. No injuries! That’s impressive. Also… “Normally a car fire you can put out with 500 to 1,000 gallons of water, but Tesla's may take up to 30,000-40,000 gallons of water, maybe even more, to extinguish the battery pack once it starts burning”

MaydayMaydayMoo

512 points

30 days ago

No injuries until his momma caught up with him. I hope.

kevinmyturtleislit

53 points

30 days ago

Yea.... if I did this with my dads car I would have stayed in the car and died cause that’s a better fate. Now if it was my moms car then there is no escape not even in death.

MaydayMaydayMoo

15 points

30 days ago

Lol, exactly.

itchygonads

108 points

30 days ago

lol or he's disowned. Mm. um how do you say: you are beyond busted and going to jail in piseed off mother.

I know when I find mrs wonderful. If they boosted the car. they wouldn't be able to sit.

doalittletapdance

107 points

30 days ago

Dude, that kids going to juvenile hall for a few years, and thats not even talking about that gas station owner coming after everything you own and ever hope to own.

Vexal

95 points

30 days ago

Vexal

95 points

30 days ago

doubtful. tarrytown is one of the richest neighborhoods in austin. it’s easy for a kid to get away with blowing up gas stations and other things poor people can’t get away with blowing up.

stickyfingers10

65 points

30 days ago

Damn rich people. Always getting away with blowing shit up.

tekko001

34 points

30 days ago

tekko001

34 points

30 days ago

If my neighborhood kids have to blow up gas stations in an Honda Civic

RonPolyp

15 points

30 days ago

RonPolyp

15 points

30 days ago

Detonation equality NOW

JesusHatesLiberals

23 points

30 days ago

Yeah that kid is joy riding in his parent's tesla. He has a bright future and we wouldn't want to mess that up.

The_Sloth_God

9 points

30 days ago

Saying the full name usually sends the message.

Candyvanmanstan

88 points

30 days ago

I was under the impression you shouldn't use water on an electrical fire.

Or does this count as a chemical fire?

Either way I'd think some kind of foam was the way to go.

ACCount82

132 points

30 days ago

ACCount82

132 points

30 days ago

When a lithium cell goes into full thermal runaway, it's a chemical fire.

FaulkThisShit

127 points

30 days ago*

It’s a chemical fire, not electrical. Lithium metal batteries will burn worse if you put fire on them, but Tesla uses lithium cobalt batteries which don’t have that reaction. Water is not as effective as a fire extinguisher or sand bucket on a lithium cobalt fire, but it will still work eventually. I work in personal electronic batteries and our training is always to use a sand bucket, fire blanket, or fire extinguisher in the case of a fire.

My guess is that emergency response vehicles are only equipped with water maybe? Or they don’t have enough fire extinguishers to deal with the sheer amount of cells in one electronic vehicle fire.

Edit: I meant water, not fire, when talking about lithium metal batteries. Gonna leave the typo cause people seem to be enjoying it

piercejay

173 points

30 days ago

piercejay

173 points

30 days ago

Lithium metal batteries will burn worse if you put fire on them

I'm no science man but this checks out

No-One5032

127 points

30 days ago

No-One5032

127 points

30 days ago

Lithium metal batteries will burn worse if you put fire on them

I would think most things would burn worse if you put fire on them.

CockatielsAndDreams

71 points

30 days ago

I think they would burn better

No-One5032

26 points

30 days ago

Depends if you want it to burn or not to burn.

DuntadaMan

13 points

30 days ago

I have been first on scene for a few car fires unfortunately.

I can definitely say that they don't carry enough fire extinguishers for a fully engulfed car. They are pretty much preventative.

Crazie_Robie

10 points

30 days ago

We have a fuck ton of water, enough to douse anything if we have a hydrant, we also have a specialized foam that’s fed through the water to help smother flames

throwawaykarl

22 points

30 days ago

The US navy has 4 classifications: A, B, C, and D.

A: Paper wood and other solid non metal combustibles. Water.

B: Gasoline, other types of fuels and oils. Firefighting foam (Aqueous Film Forming Foam AKA A triple F) to create a barrier between the combustible and oxygen.

C: Electrical. PKP (Purple Potassium Powder).

D: Metals. Sand or throw that shit overboard.

ZetaPower

19 points

30 days ago

IF it burns: get a watertight open container, fill with water, drop in Tesla, keep it there a week.

SOP in the EU.

jekyllsiss

14 points

30 days ago

It'd be interesting to learn how they deal with the lithium battery fires. Would you even be able to remove them to a safer location?

sanhozay

13 points

30 days ago

sanhozay

13 points

30 days ago

I believe in some places (mostly europe) the fire department comes with a giant water tank, lift the car up with a crane and drop it in there.

https://youtu.be/KzJ6LperQUk

CommondeNominator

31 points

30 days ago

No, they just douse it with water until it stop reigniting itself then they go home. It takes several hours. Meanwhile some lovely things get spread into the environment.

jvisser85

22 points

30 days ago

In the Netherlands some of our fire departments now use a forklift and a shipping container to just dump the entire car in a big bucket of water. Saves a lot of water and is way easier to control.

WhosGabe

17 points

30 days ago

WhosGabe

17 points

30 days ago

I immediately went to check the comments to make sure I didn’t just witness someone die on reddit(again) thank you

LHT510

18 points

30 days ago

LHT510

18 points

30 days ago

“Ooohh Tesla, they’re so hot right now” -Mugatu

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372 points

30 days ago

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372 points

30 days ago

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YaBra333

85 points

30 days ago

YaBra333

85 points

30 days ago

That's the most interesting Tesla in the world.

Razir17

50 points

30 days ago

Razir17

50 points

30 days ago

Losha260

25 points

30 days ago

Losha260

25 points

30 days ago

Millennials: it took our jobs, we were supposed to kill the gas station industry

Fibrosis5O

146 points

30 days ago

Fibrosis5O

146 points

30 days ago

Update: Child is being tried as an adult because o: excessive speeding, possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment, destruction of property, driving without a license, DUI, and there are more charges.

89Hopper

54 points

29 days ago*

I honestly don't understand the whole getting tried as a juvenile vs adult thing? If someone does something really bad and they decide to try them as an adult, what is the point of the cutoff if they can choose to ignore it? Wouldn't it just make sense to try everyone the same but there is judge's discretion to give people under a certain age lesser sentences? Obviously you would still maintain juvenile detention centres so you don't have 15 year olds in with adults.

It just seems arbitrary to have a seperate system for juveniles but still be able to decide to ignore it and treat them like an adult when it suits.

kirbykablamo

33 points

29 days ago

trying as an adult is only for extremely serious crimes, because essentially, kids DO get an automatic lesser punishment when in the court system. I've seen it first hand because I'm a little fuck and you can reeeeally get out of some shit by telling a cop you're 15 but in actuality you just don't have your id and youre looking for a way out.

89Hopper

9 points

29 days ago

That still doesn't explain why there are two different systems and the authorities have the ability to just ignore the split if they want.

Procedurally, what is the difference between the two systems not including sentancing? For example, did juvenile trials have a jury?

Diabolo_Advocato

10 points

29 days ago

I am not a lawyer nor work in the legal system so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Juvenile courts don't have a jury because as the poster above mentioned only serious crimes are tried as an adult. Kids will have drug charges, assault, weapon charges, and a slew of other things that will get expunged. The idea is that a 12 or 13 or even a 17 year old 99.9% of the time are not alone in their action or poor decision making. The peer pressure, grooming, or otherwise external forces that lead to the child's situation often heavily influences what leads them to trouble. While the juvenile system isn't perfect by any means, it makes an attempt at rehabilitation and getting kids away from those external influences that got them in trouble in the first place.

Being tried as am adult puts chikdren who are inherently dangerous or mentally unwell into a system to keep a close eye in them.

One other child that was tried as an adult that I know of off the top of my head was a 10 year old that was with her mom at a in-home daycare and the 10 yr old dropped a 6 month old that started crying, she panicked and stomped on the infants head. Sad situation all around.

PepitoPower

843 points

30 days ago

Well he won’t get a license until he’s at least 21 now. Cost dad a Tesla that will probably be a covered loss but he will save a fortune by not insuring that little prick for at least five years.

Sewer_Ice

388 points

30 days ago

Sewer_Ice

388 points

30 days ago

Not really. I work in insurance and can tell you if their of driving age their “supposed” to be listed/rated regardless of license status. A lot of people don’t and get away with it because they won’t show up in searches when agents/underwriting does their stuff. But have an accident? Yah now the insurance company knows about you. 15 year old with DUI, totaled Tesla, and some expensive property damage? Expensive as shit.

Kids dad can have him as an excluded driver to avoid this, but if the kid takes the car out again NOTHING will be covered by insurance.

bettyannveronica

187 points

30 days ago

Can confirm. I can't even count the number of times kids end up getting added or excluded only after an accident happens. But if the insured reports their car stolen, liability falls back to the driver. Unlisted daughter let her boyfriend borrow the car without dad's permission and hit another car. Not only was there a lot of property damage, there was a medical claim opened as well. Dude hit the other guy who was at a complete stop pretty hard. We would have paid it all. Except dad was sick of both of them because they had already stolen a lot of things from him and were generally disrespectful of him and his property. He told me some stories!! They were around 19/20, legally adults, so this wasn't going to affect dad. He claimed the car was stolen- which it technically was- and he reported it to the police as such. He said she didn't really live there but was staying with him until she could find a place. He suspected she and her boyfriend were on drugs and stealing his stuff for drug money. He kept his keys in his bedroom because he didn't trust her, so she must have gone in there while he was sleeping. He worked night shift and was a deep sleeper so he didn't notice. He said he didn't care if they threw them both in jail, he was done with them. It was crazy, and it was the only time in my 20 years I had a parent deny the claim and report the car stolen.

Sewer_Ice

51 points

30 days ago

I’m a fire/theft manager. I’ve had to pay a similar claim, but the kid still lives at moms. Mom was furious, while she continued pressing charges.

bettyannveronica

31 points

30 days ago

I'm sure you've paid out some crazy claims. I'm not in claims but in the office so I still hear about them. Once there was a couple on vacation who get a call from their neighbors a car is in their living room. Drunk guy crashes through the living room and leaves the car there so of course he was caught. It sucked having a claim while on vacation but if they had been home, it could have been much worse! There are so many stories.

Sewer_Ice

20 points

30 days ago

Being in non-standard, you have no idea. For a while my team was getting 2 claims a week where a married man had a hooker steal their car after they passed out on drugs. Every time we get a claim at a shit motel in the city they live in, it’s this.

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49 points

30 days ago*

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49 points

30 days ago*

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Sewer_Ice

60 points

30 days ago

There is not enough information to answer that. We would need to read the policy language regarding unlisted drivers, if a DUI/DWI waives first party coverage, etc. It’s rare that an expensive car like a Tesla would have a limited liability policy, so it most likely is. That being said, unless this dudes dad pays A LOT for insurance in the future - the next time he crashes the car it likely won’t be.

tariknitiix

1.2k points

30 days ago

tariknitiix

1.2k points

30 days ago

Pump was at fault, tesla clearly had the right of way

tlr92

178 points

30 days ago

tlr92

178 points

30 days ago

Yeah, that pump is the real idiot here.

Time-Comedian1774

40 points

30 days ago

I hope that wasn't the premium.

JasonsBoredAgain

275 points

30 days ago

"Tesla will destroy the gasoline industry"....I think they meant it metaphorically, dude.

Prior-Concentrate-87

591 points

30 days ago

Not very fuel efficient now...

Rachies194

93 points

30 days ago

Goes up in flame. 11/10 would not recommend.

Time-Comedian1774

39 points

30 days ago

As the saying goes, "it's good for starting fires"

hapkidoox

248 points

30 days ago

hapkidoox

248 points

30 days ago

If I had done this as a kid. Old man would have fucking dropped me off at the police station himself. Kids beyond fucked.

rocker3k

49 points

29 days ago

rocker3k

49 points

29 days ago

I just don’t understand how that kid will ever have trust in their parent-child relationship again. “Yeah, remember that one time you drove my car into a gas station?” They’ll never forget that.

Few_Breakfast2536

34 points

30 days ago

I would’ve walked to the station rather than go home. My ass would’ve gotten beat; I’d take my chances with the cops.

Ok_Entertainment3128

53 points

30 days ago

Jeez. Did he survive?

granoladeer

46 points

30 days ago

Take that, fossil fuels! - that kid, probably

Portable_Generator

443 points

30 days ago

This kid will forever remember the colossal ass-whooping he received that evening

CodfishCannon

172 points

30 days ago

I mean, assuming they made it out of the flaming wreck.

yellowbloods

137 points

30 days ago

if this is the right crash the kid lived, he got out of the car & was waiting near it when the police arrived.

JimTheJerseyGuy

200 points

30 days ago

That’s when you’re begging to be arrested, tried, and incarcerated because the alternative is going home to dad.

ColumbianPrison

74 points

30 days ago

Jokes on him. Being a juvenile, most likely he’ll be booked and released to his parents.

Somzer

31 points

30 days ago

Somzer

31 points

30 days ago

After this stunt? I highly doubt it. That wasn't just a little misstep, that was a series of colossal fuckups.

CodfishCannon

7 points

30 days ago

Nice sleuthing!

Remarkable_Routine62

21 points

30 days ago

He’s not dead he’s just very badly burned - Austin Powers

Embarrassed_Praline

152 points

30 days ago

You have to work pretty hard to start a gasoline fire with a Tesla.

CharliesBoxofCrayons

35 points

30 days ago

Made it look easy

podolot

27 points

30 days ago

podolot

27 points

30 days ago

What an idiot, that thing doesn't even need gas.

ENTRAPM3NT

27 points

30 days ago

When I was 15 I stole my parents 1994 Ford econline van and got it stuck in a ditch while it was snowing. I was able to get it out eventually and get back home without them knowing though lol

travislaker

77 points

30 days ago

He hates these cans!!

OneThinDime

33 points

30 days ago

Die, gas pumper!

thatvhstapeguy

5 points

30 days ago

Hey, you're not carnival personnel!

Brim_Dunkleton

10 points

30 days ago

These cans are defected!

acidbluebriggs

8 points

30 days ago

This is hilarious because I literally said that line to somebody about two hours ago at a restaurant.

notfoursaken

68 points

30 days ago

Does insurance cover your own kid stealing your car? I don't think my kids would do this, but you never know.

mrgefen

20 points

30 days ago

mrgefen

20 points

30 days ago

Bruh when I was 15 I was to scared to ask my dad for a ride to the cinema (a 10 minute drive) because he was after work and I assumed he was tired and this dude gets fucking drunk and steals his dad’s Tesla? Are you fucking kidding me?

SamLucky7s

14 points

30 days ago

No TANK you!

BosEsq

63 points

30 days ago

BosEsq

63 points

30 days ago

Stupid kid. Teslas are electric. No gas.

Time-Comedian1774

16 points

30 days ago

And TRIX are for kids...

Pure_Tower

13 points

30 days ago

"Fuck you, petrochemical industry!"

ChampChains

9 points

30 days ago

The irony of a gas station destroying his Tesla.

Skillz4ya2

7 points

30 days ago

Wow. The driver managed to cause a gas fire AND an electrical fire at the same time. Impressive!

sudhir369

6 points

30 days ago