A gas cylinder was found in the parking lot of McCamish Pavilion by staff arriving to work on August 13. The cylinder had launched from the concessions area of McCamish the night before. It left a hole in the ceiling and caused major damage to the room it was stored in. This illustrates the tremendous pressure inside gas cylinders (800-1000 lbs/sq in) and how they can become dangerous missiles when something goes wrong. Fortunately no one was injured, and the cause is currently under investigation.
In recent months, we have had several incidents involving both gas cylinders and cryogenic liquid containers (“dewars”, as they are commonly referred) that have resulted in injuries and/or property damage.
Here are important safety measures for these containers: