This is more of a regional issue. But for those of us who live in the region, it’s craziness. The file shut down a major artery. When I am talking major, it’s where it’s 10 lanes wide and the way out of Atlanta and surrounding communities. It’s unimaginably crippling to the city. Imagine a fire hot enough to melt steel reinforced concrete? The physics of that I cannot wrap my head around. Try to melt concrete. The heat had to literally reach temperatures of a volcanic eruption. That’s the only way to do it.
This isn’t like a metal bridge it’s an slightly elevated highway.
So the story goes, and there have been a lot of them, that three homeless people went under the bridge to smoke crack. One of them, for some reason, I guess he was just fucking around, set a chair on fire. Little did he know, all the poly urethane piping stored under there, left over from the construction caught fire and was so hot it melted concrete.
It melted concrete…
So right now, the three of them are in jail waiting arraignment on a number of charges. But I honestly feel bad for them. The City of Atlanta or the contractor who did the work was supposed to have removed that material years ago, but I guess never got around to it. These were just 3 homeless drug addicts who have probably done shit like this dozens of times and nothing happened. The area they were in was gravel, rock, this material, the bridge over them, and that’s about it. Nothing that would give an indication that one could create a fire to rival to sun for it’s heat.
So I don’t know what to do with those guys. I don’t think they went in with the intention of burning down a concrete bridge. But they do deserve some punishment. ‘No crack for you!’
I don’t know what culpability the people who left the material hold. It was supposed to be removed and never was. It wasn’t thought of as dangerous because it isn’t combustible. It takes a pretty hot sustained source to get that shit to ignite.
The ‘screwed’ Atlanta is, is pretty unbelievable. People who live here know how bad the traffic is, normally. With one of the biggest arteries to and from the business hub of the city completely shut down… Wow. Right now, a lot of companies are letting those who are able, to work from home. That is helping. But still things can only go on for so long. People eventually have to get places. The small business impact is going to be devastating. People who depend on the traffic in that area to make a living are going to have the hardest time.
This is what it looks like to cripple a city…