French fry-cooking blast closes street
A freak french fry-cooking accident blew out the window of an eighth-storey apartment on Hunter Street Sunday night.
No one was injured in the blast, which sprayed glass over the street and left window frames dangling above dozens of shocked tenants who were evacuated from 121 Hunter St.
Hamilton police were called to probe the explosion, but St. Sgt. Frank Miscione said investigators found “no evidence of criminality whatsoever.”
“They found fries, cooking pots and not much else,” he said.
Miscione said the shell-shocked tenant told police he was preparing to cook french fries in hot oil but panicked when the liquid began to boil and smoke.
The would-be cook threw a pot of water atop the oil “which caused a giant blast,” according to Miscione, but didn’t result in a fire.
Oil boils at a much higher temperature than water.
Dumping water atop boiling oil can cause an instantaneous — and explosive — change of state and pressure.
Residents were amazed at the size of the blast. The kitchen explosion at the back of the unit blew out the windows of the living room and bedroom facing Hunter Street.
“I heard this boom and the vibration was crazy and then glass came shooting out. It was hitting my window,” said Kristen Geoghegan, who lives three floors below the accident.
“I started running up the stairs to see if everyone was OK.”
Residents were allowed back in the building less than an hour after firefighters arrived.