Modern Marvels

New Season Wednesday, February 16 at 9/8c

Modern Marvels

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Oil Fire Fighting

Mar 03, 2004 | 45m 28s | | CC

When a burning gusher shoots flames into the air, only a handful of men know how to snuff out the monster. Fighting fire with fire, they place explosives around the flames to blow it out, or douse it with tons of water. The modern world depends on these risk takers, yet their industry began less than 100 years ago. Join us for a scorching hour as we review the rich history of this "breed apart", and look at modern heat-resistant clothing, new technology, and regulations that protect oil firefighters.

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