Apparently, titanium explosions release shrapnel hot enough to burn straight through someone’s skull. Luckily, these firefighters were all wearing helmets when this incident occurred.
The LAFD responded to a structure fire located in South Central LA on Slauson Ave. The fire contained large amounts of scrap titanium which eventually exploded like a bomb. A few weeks later, a similar fire that started in a jeans mfg co. and burned through the wall into another scrap titanium storage facility located across the street resulted in 3 major explosions that destroyed a huge warehouse the size of a city block as burning, melting titanium debris rained down on firefighters and damaged fire apparatus.