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Old 12-30-2014, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I joined this site for the bow hunting / rifle section but thought I would poise an off-topic question since I'm here anyway. I have been working on a post-apocalyptic novel and have some questions regarding napalm. I was hoping someone could help me with a question that has been stumping me. Is it possible to survive a napalm strike if you are inside a skyscraper building and near a top level? I'm aware that the flames tend to suck up the oxygen and create a terrible amount of carbon monoxide in the immediate area but should there be a point where you'd most likely be at a safe distance vertically?

I'm sure the NSA has been having a blast with my research this last week.

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Old 12-30-2014, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Haven't a clue on the naplam question. But welcome to the site......I think.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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It would be possible to survive the napalm attack. As long as the person wasn't in direct contact with the napalm, he/she may be OK. Napalm doesn't really have much concussive effect to destroy hard structures or even to break windows. The bombs generally burst in the air and spread the chemical in a wide area.
Being that the skyscraper is surrounded by air, any oxygen that is burned off will quickly be replaced with more. If the windows are blown out, the carbon dioxide will dissipate. The real danger is secondary fires and the structural damage that would cause. The are a lot of nasty chemicals that are given off when a building burns, that would probably be a bigger concern than the initial attack.

Now, an FAE like a "daisycutter" would be a different story
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think the main problem wouldn't be the oxygen (there's plenty of that in a skyscraper), but the resulting fire.
Napalm, as far as I know, burns quite hot, so either the building would catch fire leading to a "structural failure" (collaps), or the elevators and staircases would cause an effect similar to the chimney in a house, sucking the flames into the upper levels of the skyscraper in a very short time (too short to get away with anything short of a parachute).
But who knows, maybe your hero gets a zip-line?

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Imagine how much fun the german NSA-pendant had with me researching for a war-novel.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome and great answers. It was all very helpful. I'm sure the NSA is having a blast with watching over my research lol.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenstudios View Post
Thanks for the welcome and great answers. It was all very helpful. I'm sure the NSA is having a blast with watching over my research lol.
Maybe they'll even help you with your research, by showing you how a detonating napalm-bomb works.
Right after they drop one onto your part of town.


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Welcome to the Weapons Forum . . . I think :P
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Beware of the eye in the sky....they are watching for sure. Welcome to weapons forum and please don't let us see you on the news for detonating napalm lmao.....
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