Bugs and Explosions
I met with a guy from International Fire Protection (IFP) today, and he relayed an amazing story to me that I have to share.
He told me about a time when he had to go out to an armament plant in Tennessee. He stopped at the guard station to get signed in, and the guard asked him if he had taken the safety course. The IFP guy said that he hadn’t, but needed to take ‘cause he had to get working on their fire suppression system and wanted to get finished with it quickly. The guard then said, “Let me tell you about mud daubers.” Of course, the IFP guy looked at the guard like he was nuts and replied, “Look, I’m from the south and know all about mud daubers.” , I just need the safety course so I can get some work done.” The guard didn’t want to here that and insisted on trying to get the IFP guy to listen to his mud dauber story. The IFP guy cut him short and told the guard that he didn’t have time to listen to him about bugs. He was getting mad and then the guard started yelling at him about the mud daubers.” . The IFP guy finally gave up and left before he lost his temper all together.
Before the IFP guy even got out of the parking lot, he received a call from his boss. His boss told him to go back inside, the guard had already called him and let him know he was very sorry, and wanted him to come back so he could apologize and let the IFP guy get his work done.
The IFP guy went back to the guard station, where the guard met him and apologized. The guard said, “Look, I apologize for getting mad. I needed to explain something to you and probably went about it the wrong way. We make C-4 here. After it’s formed into bricks, we rinse the machines where excess residue and material are stored in a sump. The mud daubers have started using this as the building material for their nests. I needed to let you know, that if you saw a mud daubers nest, not to touch it. If you look outside, you see the buildings labeled 1,2,3,5,6,7? You see one missing? Those nests are dangerous.”
The IFP guy asked, “I thought it took pressure and heat to make C-4 explode?”
The guard replied, “So did we. If you see a nest, call me and I’ll take care of it.”