Melting steel

  • Jon Gilbert 10y

    It's hard to make out what models these are, but for the sake of argument, let's say they're 20ft articulating booms. Specs at www.genieindustries.com/zb-series/zb-z30n.asp
    rate them at about 14,000lbs. Even considering the basket alone, which is rated for 500lbs capacity, the heat generated must be enormous. I mean, that's reinforced steel suspended above the fire, and it's still melting. Mild steel has an approx melting point of 1515F. Yeouch.
  • Charles Haynes 10y

    The flames in the background are from a wooden structure not a crane.
  • Eric Rodenbeck 10y

    We saw it from the roof of our studio, on Mission St:

  • telethon 10y

    just rented propane tanks from that place three weeks ago... I remember thinking how slow the service was... maybe one of the employees forgot he was filling up a propane tank or something...
  • Eddie Codel 10y

    yeah, nice optical illusion. the cranes are actually in the foreground and not on fire.
  • quinn norton 10y

    The booms are in fact within the range of the structural fire, which was causing the back one to deform, and kind of drip.
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