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Following the massive explosions and fire at West Fertilizer factory north of Waco last week, a lot of thought has been given to what ifs: What if something went wrong at Incitec Pivot's Port Adelaide site; what if regulations failed at Orica's Kooragang Island plant; and what about the dangers anywhere there's a factory storage anything flammable, which means pretty much every factory that exists.
Footage such as the now-famous footage taken by a man with his son witnessing the blaze with is as compelling as it is horrifying.
"What if that was me and a loved one?" you can't help but ask while watching the video.
For you to observe, and to remind us of the awesome destructive power of fire – both very useful and occasionally very, very dangerous – below are some images of recent factory fires.
An aluminium die-casting factory at Harrison, Kansas (from http://imgur.com/3G624XZ)
Last week's Texas fertislier factory fire (Image from Fairfax Media).
A Bangladesh textile factory fire which killed 120 people (Image from Wall Street Journal).
Hardwood Designs factory fire, Marrickville (Image: Fairfax Media).
Image in story link: https://twitter.com/NewsBreaker/status/324694837196640256/photo/1