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Florida explosion possibly caused by experimental cooking fuel

27 September 2013

On September 26, an explosion in an Orlando warehouse blew off one of the walls, prompting a large scale emergency response. No one was hurt in the blast. Orlando Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Wales told the Orlando Sentinel the material that exploded was a compound similar to butane compressed inside a cylinder that looks like a helium tank.

Inventor Aaron Fechter
Inventor Aaron Fechter

He said the cylinder containing the flammable gas failed, causing it to rupture and combust. Firefighters emptied five more tanks filled with the experimental fuel. 

The owner of the building is listed as inventor Aaron Fechter, owner of Creative Engineering and inventor of the Whac-A-Mole arcade game.

According to the Sentinel, Fechter said in a 2012 interview with that he was dabbling in alternative energy. He created a new fuel called Carbohydrillium — a green fuel that promises to be pollution-free, according to his YouTube videos showing him using it to cook steaks.

It is unclear whether Carbohydrillium was involved in the explosion.

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