I've posted my report of this incident at http://ucih.ucdavis.edu/docs/ll_CalorimeterFailure.pdf for your reviewing pleasure. The listserv chokes on embedded images.
This was a very near miss and thankfully, no one was injured. If your chemistry/chemical engineering/materials science folks use this technique (and it's a pretty classic one), it would be good to follow up with them about routine maintenance on the bomb vessel. Don't forget undergraduate teaching, where it's taught in p-chem lab.
Ya'll be safe out there,
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
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