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Inspection: 120073010 - Crypt Keeper Pictures
Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys
Report ID: 0950643
Open Date: 01/03/1995
Crypt Keeper Pictures
11949 Sherman Road North Hollywood, CA 91605
Union Status: Union
SIC: 7812/Motion Picture and Video Tape Production
Mailing: 11950 Sherman Road, North Hollywood, CA 91605
Employee #1 was a special effects pyrotechnician in the movie industry, working on a miniature pyrotechnical job for Cryptkeeper Pictures in the 10-ton special effects truck on the movie set. He was preparing a dummy that was to be blown-up during the movie. Employee #2 was in the special effects truck putting away a roll of tape that Employee #1 had needed to prepare the dummy. Employee #1 was going to use 1/4 lb of dry benzoyl peroxide as an explosive. The benzoyl peroxide was packaged in a paper pouch with a non-conductive plastic liner, and was stored in an ice chest. Employee #1 took out the pouch and put it in a plastic bag. He then repaired a carved-out area on the dummy that had been made for explosives, but that had been broken. He used a glue called Zap-a-Gap, or Hot Stuff, to repair the breaks in the carved-out area, then placed the pouch inside and taped it in. Employee #1 had just turned around when the benzoyl peroxide exploded. He suffered second- and third-degree burns, primarily on his back and left arm. Employee #2 was about 6 to 8 ft away from the explosion, and suffered a light burn, similar to sunburn, on the back of his right hand and both sides of the face. Employee #1 later stated that the heat generated by the glue hardening may have caused the benzoyl peroxide to ignite and explode.
burn, heat, explosives, repair, back, explosion, chemical reaction, arm, combustible dust, chemical
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