Support Your Local Fire Department

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Was in the vicinity of a house fire in Pleasanton, CA. Being a fire truck chaser since early childhood, I had to see what was going on when I heard the sirens. Naturally, I had my camera with me. I was only on scene about 10 minutes, but was able to catch a shot of a car on fire that had a magnesium explosion. (Apparently, a car has some components made out of magnesium. When they get hot enough, they explode bursting in a white light and unleashing a shower of white hot sparks). That is what you see in this cropped shot of a fire fighter running towards the burning house.

I envision this shot as a promotion for the local firefighter.


Kathleen Luiz - Dec 16, 2008 10:34 AM EDT
Although the circumstances behind this photo isn't pleasant, it's really very beautiful and fascinating to look at. Great capture!
azkul - Dec 16, 2008 12:55 AM EDT
Nice picture... very dramatic. Firefighters are awesome, and congrats that they used your photo for their cover.
Pinetree3 - Dec 15, 2008 11:44 PM EDT
As an update, the local fire department used this photo for the cover of their Annual Statement and Budget for the County.
Pinetree3 - Dec 15, 2008 11:43 PM EDT
As an update, the local fire department used this photo for the cover of their Annual Statement and Budget for the County.
Guest - May 08, 2007 04:31 AM EDT
I don't know about car batteries, but cars do contain some magnesium parts including, steering collumns, clutch housing, seat frames, etc. Magnesium explosions take place when super-heated magnesium comes in contact with water.
Guest - May 05, 2007 09:37 PM EDT
Timing was perfect for this capture. Does a car battery have magnesium? I know they can explode. Anyway, this is a great action shot.
Guest - May 05, 2007 06:54 PM EDT
Fantastic Capture. i echo the other comments. I have friends that are firemen. I dont think they get enough credit.
Guest - May 05, 2007 06:37 PM EDT
Well captured, an ex image, it would be great as a promo poster.
Guest - May 05, 2007 06:14 PM EDT
Excellent, Alex. This would be well-received by any fire department. Vicki
Guest - May 05, 2007 03:34 PM EDT
This shot is great. I feel as if I am there.
Guest - May 05, 2007 03:34 PM EDT
echoing the other comments, Alex D. Great capture!
Guest - May 05, 2007 03:10 PM EDT
Great capture! Carol
Guest - May 05, 2007 10:47 AM EDT
Nice photo journalism image..
Guest - May 05, 2007 10:21 AM EDT
Super capture Alex! I think it would be a great promotional poster. It's perfect. Don

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