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    Recently in a class I took, we were asked to find information about rocket fuel fires. We also were assigned to find info on an arsonist named John Orr. He was a captain in California. I have a little research on him, but nothing much. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Well, where do I begin. First , I'll start with Rocket Fuel fires. In the mid-80's there were a spate of arson fire in the great Northwest. These fires were arson in cause and the theory, and I repeat the theory was, solid rocket fuel cells were the accelerant used in these fires. These fires burned so hot and so fast, experts had never seen anything like it before. In some of the fires, the concrete floors had actually experienced the closest thing to melting known. The normal expectation of concrete is "spalling." It was believed that the only thing that burned with that type of BTU power was solid rocket fuel. There was never any trace of an accelerant detected. The belief here was that the fire burned so intensely it completely consumed the accelerant. Many investigators and scientists such as John DeHahn attempted to prove or disprove the theory of solid rocket fuel accelerants. As far as I know, it has never been officially determined. I heard one theory that the accelerant in some of these fire might have been powdered metal, such as aluminum or magnesium. That is what I know....there are articles written on the subject.

    Now as for John Orr. I personally knew John Orr. I even took a couple of classes from him. He was a Fire Captain with the Glendale Fire Dept in Southern California. John was considered the guru of Fire Investigators. The Fire Investigator teacher of Fire Investigators. I would say that probably 80% of investigators in the late 80 had taken classes from Orr. John had an uncanny ability to solve fires. He could walk into a completely burned out building, walk over to an area and point to the spot where the fire started. He would then go on to tell you what the device looked like. Some of these fires were very big...some were wildland, some were fatal fires. In one of the early fires, a device was discovered. The device was printed and prints were discovered, unfortunately technology had not caught up yet. The evidence was held in P&E for years.

    In the early 90's these fire were continuing. In one of the fires a device was recovered. Low and behold it was a match to the earlier one. It was sent in for processing. Now at this point the CalID system was up and running. The print came back to Orr. The ATF was called in and intense surveillance was conducted, some hi-tech. John was placed at the scene of a number of fires at the time they began. he was later arrested. He had written a book about a Fire Investigator arsonist that paralleled his career. John was convicted in Federal court for arson. He was serving time in federal prison. The State of California charged him with 2 counts of homicide for a least one of the fires. He was convicted a couple of years ago. He is serving a life sentence.

    The case against him was very tight and was eventually made into a TV movie.

    I was an Arson Investigator during the late 80's and the 90's. I was privy to some of the investigation before it was public knowledge. Before John was a suspect, I had a fire believed to be part of the trail. I was on a task force that looked into these fires. Once John was identified, all local investigators were taken out of the loop for preservation of the case. ATF ran the investigation exclusively.

    I hope this information is beneficial to you.
    Captain Bill Dumas


    [This message has been edited by Icerader (edited 04-06-2001).]

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      For more information on the alleged HIGH-Temp Accelerant Fires, contact ATF Agent Steve Carmen from San Fransisco, California office.

      He actually was involved in the investigation and research on these alleged fires and not only has authored papers on the subject, but toured the IAAI circuit lecturing on the topic. He has some interesting DOCUMENTATION to support his opinions. Many, if not most, of the fires where the cause was attributed to allegations of a high-temp accelerrant by the local public officials were later disproven and not accepted through the use of scienctific analysis and testing.



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      Chris Bloom
      CJB Fire Consultant

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      • #4
        Thanks for all the info. I checked out the LRC and they sent me a bundle of stuff. Keep it coming.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by eelamb View Post
          Recently in a class I took, we were asked to find information about rocket fuel fires. Any help would be appreciated.
          ok, so please forgive the resurrection. but what I am about to type I have thought about quite a bit, but never was able to find information on it.

          in the late 90's I watched a documentary about arson and how the some arson fires were melting the steel in the buildings. Also the fire burned so hot that the water, from the firefighters, became fuel, that is the hydrogen and oxygen separated and fueled the fire. The documentary stated that the it was determined that the fuel for the initial fire was amonium tri-chlorate (sp) or per-chlorate (sp) either way, the documentary claimed it was space shuttle fuel.

          Jump ahead to the 2002 winter Olympics. I am working as low level security, myself and co-workers are speaking with two soldiers from who served in Iraq during Gulfwar I. The soldiers started telling us about something called "wall of fire" (the soldiers exact term) they talked about how it could melt the steel tracks on military vehicles. My co-worker asked what the substance was that was used for the "wall of fire". The soldiers claimed it was classified.

          I finally spoke up and said "I know what it is", the soldiers laughed and asked "what" I responded "Either ammonium perchlorate or trichlorate or it is space shuttle fuel". Both soldiers eyes IMMEDIATELY widened, they literally were speechless, after my comment they walked away.

          So, putting things together. Lets say I was right about the substance for the "wall of fire".

          So here is my conspiracy, the arson fires wherein the steel melted were mostly empty warehouses, I suspect that the military is responsible for the arsons/warehouse fires; they were testing "wall of fire". I have considered but have never filed a FOIA request on "wall of fire" just see what I could find.


          I have also seen a documentary on John Orr, wherein he was not connected to the warehouse fires.
          Last edited by franklinsims; 12-05-2010, 01:57 AM. Reason: john orr

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            Originally posted by franklinsims View Post
            So here is my conspiracy, the arson fires wherein the steel melted were mostly empty warehouses, I suspect that the military is responsible for the arsons/warehouse fires; they were testing "wall of fire". I have considered but have never filed a FOIA request on "wall of fire" just see what I could find.
            That's the most asinine thing I've heard here in weeks. Please, do you really thing the military doesn't have their own scrap metal to test stuff on. Don't be an idiot and drag up a 10 year old thread to toss around these moronic conspiracy theories.
            Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by franklinsims View Post
              ok, so please forgive the resurrection. but what I am about to type I have thought about quite a bit, but never was able to find information on it.

              in the late 90's I watched a documentary about arson and how the some arson fires were melting the steel in the buildings. Also the fire burned so hot that the water, from the firefighters, became fuel, that is the hydrogen and oxygen separated and fueled the fire. The documentary stated that the it was determined that the fuel for the initial fire was amonium tri-chlorate (sp) or per-chlorate (sp) either way, the documentary claimed it was space shuttle fuel.

              Jump ahead to the 2002 winter Olympics. I am working as low level security, myself and co-workers are speaking with two soldiers from who served in Iraq during Gulfwar I. The soldiers started telling us about something called "wall of fire" (the soldiers exact term) they talked about how it could melt the steel tracks on military vehicles. My co-worker asked what the substance was that was used for the "wall of fire". The soldiers claimed it was classified.

              I finally spoke up and said "I know what it is", the soldiers laughed and asked "what" I responded "Either ammonium perchlorate or trichlorate or it is space shuttle fuel". Both soldiers eyes IMMEDIATELY widened, they literally were speechless, after my comment they walked away.

              So, putting things together. Lets say I was right about the substance for the "wall of fire".

              So here is my conspiracy, the arson fires wherein the steel melted were mostly empty warehouses, I suspect that the military is responsible for the arsons/warehouse fires; they were testing "wall of fire". I have considered but have never filed a FOIA request on "wall of fire" just see what I could find.


              I have also seen a documentary on John Orr, wherein he was not connected to the warehouse fires.

              Ammonium perchlorate is solid rocket fuel and is regulated. Personnel must hold a certification in order to purchase rocket motors of this configuration.

              Your story about the Gulf War sounds like some fictitious nonsense. I never heard such a thing. I inspected vehicles returning from Iraq and never saw or heard of anything of the sort. Something like that would have gone viral on the internet by now.

              The military has several testing grounds where we test this sort of thing. One of them is Aberdeen. The other is Redstone Arsenal.

              Do some research into the veracity of your claims and that of others before you post, okay?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LittleFireChick View Post
                Ammonium perchlorate is solid rocket fuel and is regulated. Personnel must hold a certification in order to purchase rocket motors of this configuration.

                Your story about the Gulf War sounds like some fictitious nonsense. I never heard such a thing. I inspected vehicles returning from Iraq and never saw or heard of anything of the sort. Something like that would have gone viral on the internet by now.

                The military has several testing grounds where we test this sort of thing. One of them is Aberdeen. The other is Redstone Arsenal.

                Do some research into the veracity of your claims and that of others before you post, okay?
                Wow LFC, your to nice... I decided not to say anything as I would probably get a nastygram from WT.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by franklinsims View Post
                  ok, so please forgive the resurrection. but what I am about to type I have thought about quite a bit, but never was able to find information on it.

                  in the late 90's I watched a documentary about arson and how the some arson fires were melting the steel in the buildings. Also the fire burned so hot that the water, from the firefighters, became fuel, that is the hydrogen and oxygen separated and fueled the fire. The documentary stated that the it was determined that the fuel for the initial fire was amonium tri-chlorate (sp) or per-chlorate (sp) either way, the documentary claimed it was space shuttle fuel.

                  Jump ahead to the 2002 winter Olympics. I am working as low level security, myself and co-workers are speaking with two soldiers from who served in Iraq during Gulfwar I. The soldiers started telling us about something called "wall of fire" (the soldiers exact term) they talked about how it could melt the steel tracks on military vehicles. My co-worker asked what the substance was that was used for the "wall of fire". The soldiers claimed it was classified.

                  I finally spoke up and said "I know what it is", the soldiers laughed and asked "what" I responded "Either ammonium perchlorate or trichlorate or it is space shuttle fuel". Both soldiers eyes IMMEDIATELY widened, they literally were speechless, after my comment they walked away.

                  So, putting things together. Lets say I was right about the substance for the "wall of fire".

                  So here is my conspiracy, the arson fires wherein the steel melted were mostly empty warehouses, I suspect that the military is responsible for the arsons/warehouse fires; they were testing "wall of fire". I have considered but have never filed a FOIA request on "wall of fire" just see what I could find.


                  I have also seen a documentary on John Orr, wherein he was not connected to the warehouse fires.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by franklinsims View Post
                    So here is my conspiracy, the arson fires wherein the steel melted were mostly empty warehouses, I suspect that the military is responsible for the arsons/warehouse fires; they were testing "wall of fire".
                    Milhouse: Ahem. OK, here's what we've got: the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people --
                    Bart: Thank you.
                    Milhouse: under the supervision of the reverse vampires --
                    Lisa: [sighs]
                    Milhouse: are forcing our parents to go to bed early in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner. We're through the looking glass, here, people...

                    Makes about the same amount of sense.
                    Last edited by 105; 03-17-2011, 12:30 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eelamb View Post
                      Recently in a class I took, we were asked to find information about rocket fuel fires. We also were assigned to find info on an arsonist named John Orr. He was a captain in California. I have a little research on him, but nothing much. Any help would be appreciated.
                      have you tried google, or call the boston arson squad, someone will be able to help,617-343-3324, ak for chief ahern, or captain staunton

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by boston john View Post
                        have you tried google, or call the boston arson squad, someone will be able to help,617-343-3324, ak for chief ahern, or captain staunton
                        Hey brother, welcome to boards. However, this thread was started about 11 years ago, so he probably won't see this post.
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