It started with a storm, and ended up with a hiker intentionally igniting an explosive fire within the grain silo he took shelter in. A true story … truth is, as they say, often stranger than fiction.
When rain and thunder started along a rural stretch of highway, a hitchhiker without a ride took refuge in a nearby silo. As the weather got worse, a tree fell and smashed in the top portion of his hiding place, blocking his exit.
Without food or water, but with some rope and a lighter, the choice was neither easy nor obvious, but with time passing and no one coming within earshot there was one way out: intentionally cause the particulates inside the silo with him to explode.
This is something that has been known to happen by accident, and is often a source of great fear for those working with, in or around silos … the idea of doing it on purpose and while you are within its walls … can you even imagine?
Amazingly, he survived. The resulting blast blew him clear and the rope (which he tied before dropping his lit Zippo) snagged him on the way out, slamming him back against the outside of the silo. Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, it came from a 1980′s issue of Reader’s Digest – feel free to verify it for yourself.