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Cops find 500 gallons of diesel in manís garage.....old story but read

i know its old but read the peoples comments.........

Atlanta Metro News*| ajc.com

Cops find 500 gallons of diesel in man’s garage

College Park resident was running wrecker service illegally out of home

By MEGAN MATTEUCCI
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Clayton County police say a College Park man running a wrecker service out of his home illegally stored 500 gallons of diesel fuel in his garage — enough to blow up 14 houses if ignited.
Hazardous materials crews on Tuesday seized two 250-gallon tanks of fuel from Wayne Richards’ garage. Police found several children inside the house.

“It could have been a nightmare situation,” Clayton County Fire Chief Alex Cohilas said. “I can’t imagine someone placing themselves, their family, and their neighbors at such a risk.”
Investigators say Richards was running an unlicensed wrecker service, Richards and Sons Towing, from his home at 841 Pine Shoals Drive. Each morning, Richards’ trucks backed into his residential garage and filled their tanks.
Officers conducted surveillance and spotted two tow trucks pull up in front of the house. Both drivers were smoking cigarettes, Assistant Police Chief Gregory Porter said.
“If there was a leak and one dropped that cigarette, it would have been a travesty,” Porter said. “At a minimum, he would have took out 14 houses.”
Richards, 39, was charged with reckless conduct, operating a business without a license and multiple environmental charges. He was released on a summons instead of taken to jail, so he could help crews clean up the fuel, Porter said.
Richards was approached at his home Tuesday afternoon but slammed the door without commenting.
Police, firefighters and the state Environmental Protection Division assessed the damage and found no leaks, Cohilas said. However, they did find several children inside the house and a strong smell of gas.
The children were unharmed. The family had broken several windows and opened others for ventilation, Porter said.
Neighbors say they’ve complained for at least a year about truck congestion in the small subdivision, gas stains on the road and fuel running down the driveway. On Tuesday morning, residents complained to Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, who sent police.
“We all could have been blown to bits,” said former school board chairwoman Ericka Davis, who lives across the street. “Not only am I concerned about the fire hazard, but what about emissions in the air and the possibility of this getting in our water?”
The fuel could have ignited a storm drain, got in the groundwater or caused numerous other problems, firefighters said.
“The codes, ordinance and life safety measures he violated are too numerous for me to name,” Cohilas said.
In addition to the danger at the house, Richards was using the wrong type of diesel in his tow trucks, which are in violation of state emissions laws, Porter said. Police are investigating the origin of the fuel and anticipate additional charges.

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I didn't think diesel would "explode"
We have two 250 gallon tanks in the basement of my parents home for our oil furnace...

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Government IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!

Are these the same folks that passed the CARB regulations?

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5 gal of gas would ignite easier that that diesel

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14 houses if ignited? wtf? and it was the wrong kind of diesel? im guessing bio or something?

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So they base their investigation and charges off of all IF situations?

I think the government doesn't have the right to tell you what you can have on your property, agreed?


And the dumbarses didn't think about how much higher temperatures are needed to ignite diesel and it doesn't erupt into a giant fireball, it burns off slowly.

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I didn't think diesel would "explode"
We have two 250 gallon tanks in the basement of my parents home for our oil furnace...
ive alerted local authorities and your neighbors! lol


the people that were doing the arresting should have been arrested themselves for there lack of knowledge!

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They probably could have spilled diesel on the ground and tossed a match into it. I doubt it would ignite - let alone explode.

There was probably more of an environmental risk from a leak than from a fire. But then again, what about homes with in-basement or underground tanks for heating oil (which is essentially the same as diesel fuel)? Jeez!


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So they base their investigation and charges off of all IF situations?

I think the government doesn't have the right to tell you what you can have on your property, agreed?


And the dumbarses didn't think about how much higher temperatures are needed to ignite diesel and it doesn't erupt into a giant fireball, it burns off slowly.
Would you want to live beside that, I'm guessing most of you wouldn't.

Also, they were operating a commercial business in a residential area, didn't have a business license, probably weren't DOT compliant or had insurance either.

As a commercial operator and have to have a business license and such, I'm glad these people got popped. It sucks that those of us who do it right and spend the money to do it right have to compete with clowns like this.

I'm guessing the fuel they were hiding was probably stolen also, because I don't know of any fuel delivery company that would deliver to anyone like that.

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They probably could have spilled diesel on the ground and tossed a match into it. I doubt it would ignite - let alone explode.

There was probably more of an environmental risk from a leak than from a fire. But then again, what about homes with in-basement or underground tanks for heating oil (which is essentially the same as diesel fuel)? Jeez!
I can drop a lit match into a bucket full of gasoline and it will extinguish it.

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