Lightning storms can light up dangerous goods

Loading and unloading of dangerous goods should be suspended during severe lightning storms
Date: Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Lightning can be an ignition source for flammable dangerous goods and explosives 

The recent thunderstorm activity in Perth was a potent reminder of the power of nature.

However, lightning has the potential to light up more than just the sky.

Severe lightning storms present considerable risks to operators of flammable dangerous goods and explosives.

Principal Dangerous Goods Officer Peter Xanthis said lightning is a potential ignition source for flammable dangerous goods and explosives.

“With all the thunderstorm activity over the past week, it is timely to remind operators about the risks associated with lightning when loading and unloading flammable dangerous goods,” Mr Xanthis said.

“This is why the Department of Mines and Petroleum recommends operators suspend loading and unloading of flammable dangerous goods (for example petrol) when severe lightning storms are in the vicinity.

“It is also recommended that all tank openings are closed during a lightning storm if it is safe to do so.”

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