How we respond to the explosion of a Case 110 in Medina, Ohio
Reconstruction of a tragedy: This picture shows the Case 110 after it was removed from the Medina Fairground and repositioned exactly as it was found after the explosion. Investigators then studied the Case for clues as to exactly what transpired to cause the explosion of July 29, 2001.
Crown sheet showing thickness readings of .210-inch. Specifications called for .375-inch.
Crown sheet showing location of two welded stays that pulled out.
Torn crown sheet showing thicknesses of .087-inch and .105-inch.
Staybolts showing reduced diameter and only one to two threads engagement.
Crown sheet showing two threads of engagement. Specifications called for 4.5 minimum.
Firebox stay bolts showing three threads of engagement.
Barrel and front wheel bracket. The bent bracket shows the force of the landing.
Photo of the right hand side of the crown sheed folded down.
Right side of crown sheet folded down, showing 2.5 threads of engagement.
Crown sheet hand hold showing rusted threads indicating possible lack of inspection.