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You are here: > News > June 18, 2010

Explosion at California water fuel research company kills inventor

On Thursday afternoon, 28-year-old inventor, Tyson Larson was killed in an explosion that ripped a hole in the roof and blew out the back doors to a Simi Valley building of the family member's company, Realm Industries, which was seeking to develop his water fuel technology.

The explosion was likely a result of an attempt to compress hydroxy gas -- never a good idea. Also, it turns out that two associates of the company were indicted in March for "defrauding 300 investors of $7 million with ploys including a process for creating alternative fuel from water."

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Copyright © 2010

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Simi Valley, CA, USA -- Realm Industries in Ventura County, California, which is working on a water fuel technology, was rocked by an explosion Thursday at 480 E. Easy Street.

According to the Ventura County Star, authorities were told it was a water-based explosion, and that the company's work involved extracting hydrogen from water to make fuel.  The company's patent applications relate to equipment and ways to generate energy from fluids such as water that can be used as an alternative fuel source.

Two people in the facility were uninjured, but one person was killed in the blast, which blew a hole in the roof. Initially, three were thought to have been injured.  Authorities are calling the incident an accident.

By coincidence, the Simi Valley police SWAT team was just down the street on a training exercise when the explosion occurred and the officers were able to arrive on the scene within moments and remove the other workers.

Being told that a third person was unaccounted for, putting themselves in harms way, firefighters went in and located the body of the victim in the partially collapsed building.  Fearing for a possible second explosion, and determined there was nothing that could be done for the person, they then backed out to assess what they were dealing with. As a precaution, businesses in a half-mile radius were evacuated.

A subsequent story by the Ventura County Star reported that the victim was Tyson Larson, who died from blunt force injuries, according to Ventura County Medical examiner. He and his co-workers were experimenting with a water-based alternative energy source. The 28-year-old is a family member of the company owner, Tim Larson.  Tyson is listed as one of two inventors on two company patent applications.

About a dozen witnesses, family members and others gathered near the crime tape that blocked off the evacuated area Thursday afternoon. A chaplain also was on hand, the fire department reported. 

Witnesses said they heard a loud boom at around 1:15 pm and saw debris flying from the building. "It [looked like it] took the roof out, the back doors were blown out," said Rod Lavender, a truck driver making a delivery nearby. "It shook the whole truck." 

Another witness, Brian Westerhouse, who was asleep in his truck behind the building when the explosion jolted him awake, and saw debris flying in the air and smoke coming from the building, said it "sounded like a freight train was dropped on the building". "What are they doing in there?"

According the the Ventura County Star:

The inside of the business's concrete building looked like an earthquake had hit it, Oatman said.

Since there was no fire associated with the blast, nothing was burned, but the glass front doors and several rear roll-up doors were blown out and the majority of the roof collapsed, the captain said. 

The building's walls were still up, but wood, fiberglass, ceiling tiles and a beam from the roof came down, Oatman said. Glass and debris were found about 20 feet away along Easy Street, he said.

According to Google News, as of Friday evening, over 300 news services had picked up the associated press story about the incident.

NBC News provided this raw aerial view of the scene:

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Another one of the businesses occupying the complex is the Simi Valley branch of the contracting company Servpro, a national company that specializes in cleaning up water-, fire- and smoke-damaged buildings. The office manager said they had 5-10 people in the building at the time of the explosion.

A person I spoke with from that office, who wasn't at the facility at the time of the explosion, confirmed that no on from their office was injured, nor from the affected office, other than the fatality.

Firemen report that in December of 2008 a similar explosion of smaller magnitude took place at the same business.

The explosion is no surprise to New Energy Congress member, Tai Robinson, who often reminds us of the dangers of messing with Brown's Gas.  He points out that the German's call it "boom gas" for a reason.  When you electrolyze water into oxygen and hydrogen and keep it combined, it is in a perfect stoichiometric mixture to recombine with great force.  It's actually fortunate that more people haven't been injured or killed up until now, given the number of people tinkering around with this.

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Tyson Larson.

Compressing Brown's Gas

Memo added June 20, 7:50 am

I got a call from Bob Boyce yesterday, who is one of the most well known and respected hydroxy gas researchers (Brown's gas, HHO, commonly-ducted hydrogen and oxygen from an electrolysis process).

He had heard on a forum that the thing that led to the explosion was that these researchers were attempting to store the hydroxy gas by compressing it into carbon fiber storage tanks.  If so, an explosion is a certain thing, he pointed out.  When the ortho hydrogen reacts with carbon (in the carbon fibers of the tank) under pressure, ignition and explosion results. 

Compressing hydroxy gas is never a good idea.  According to the Ventura County Star, "Greg Smith, manager of the county Environmental Health Hazmat Materials program, said Thursday's explosion was caused by a pressure vessel container that was used to heat water."

Indictment filed in New York

The Ventura County Star also pointed out the following:

The man who applied with Larson to patent the method and apparatus to create energy from water could go to trial in November on charges he bilked investors, according an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. 

William Stehl was indicted in March with co-defendant Richard Rossignol on charges of tax evasion and fraud. They are accused of defrauding 300 investors of $7 million with ploys including a process for creating alternative fuel from water, according to the indictment.

According to the indictment, Stehl and others portrayed themselves as being involved in various businesses formed "for the purpose of developing and marketing an alternative energy source ... to create energy from water in a cost-efficient manner that had no harmful effects to the environment," the indictment states. He claimed the process had many applications, from power generation to recovering precious metals, the indictment states.

Between 2001 and 2009, "Stehl and Rossignol persuaded more than 300 individuals to invest more than $6 million in Stehl's ‘ventures' to develop or utilize his alternative energy process. Stehl and Rossignol used nearly all of this money for personal and family expenditures. They used very little for businesses purposes. To date, no investors have received back their original investments or any returns on their investments as Stehl and Rossignol promised them," the indictment states.

Stehl had several different ties to Realm Industries, though the nature of his relationship to the business is unclear. Efforts to contact Larson's family on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Stehl is listed as an applicant and inventor along with Larson on a patent application filed in March 2009 that also names Realm Industries. The application describes a proposed method and apparatus to modify the bond angles of fluid molecules in order to power motor vehicles.

The indictment filed against Stehl also mentions Timothy A. Larson, who is listed as a corporate agent for Realm Catalyst, according to the California Secretary of State's business listings. Realm Industries is alternately referred to as Realm Catalyst in public documents.

Among the acts listed as part of Stehl's alleged conspiracy to defraud investors is a statement that refers to Timothy Larson. Asked by FBI and IRS investigators about the status of one of his companies, BGX Technologies, Stehl "falsely answered, in substance" that the contracts were in default and West Tech, owned by Timothy A. Larson, was purchasing BGX for $10 million, of which $7 million would go to investors, according to the indictment.

The indictment does not allege any wrongdoing on the part of Timothy Larson.

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Patent Applications

  • 20090090312 - Alternative Fuel Engine - An apparatus and method for converting fluid molecules from a liquid state into a vapor state wherein the fluid has unnatural bond angles. The apparatus comprises a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit, a chamber to contain the RC circuit and the fluid and a power source to provide power to the RC circuit. The RC circuit comprises an anode, a cathode and a plurality of substantially parallel electrically conductive plates. Current through the RC circuit generates a frequency that modifies the bond angles of molecules in a vapor state. Ignition of these molecules with unnatural bond angles reverts the molecules back to normal bond angles with a release of energy that can be utilized in many different applications without the release of toxic or noxious gases, greenhouse gases or any interaction with the atmosphere or the consumption of any atmospheric oxygen. For example, the molecules with unnatural bond angles may be used in engines to power a motorized vehicle. 

  • 20090092540 - Method and apparatus of modifying bond angles of molecules - An apparatus and method for converting fluid molecules from a liquid state into a vapor state wherein the fluid has unnatural bond angles. The apparatus comprises a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit, a chamber to contain the RC circuit and the fluid and a power source to ...


Dangers of Research

On June 18, 2010, New Energy Congress member, Ken Rasmussen wrote:

BP is not the only organization to put profit motive ahead of safety. Thank God the company at least was located in an industrial area. Sadly, the reality is most electrolysis inventors work in garages and basements, exposing family, friends and homes to this very same hazard.

I have been on this tirade for several years now. And prospective investors just don't get it, and probably still won't, even after this tragic death. R&D is expensive and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. And not just with hydrogen. ANY form of energy, when pushed to its theoretical limits, if you stop and think a moment, has never been controlled at that level. Many of us flippantly use the term "Zero-Point" as if it is a free toy for only the elite like us to play with. The few of us who have seen it not tapped, but merely "grazed" know we may be dealing with energy beyond what BP got themselves into trouble with.

Could a zero budget inventor, in a basement or garage have any idea what to do when the gates of the unknown suddenly burst open? Even a meager budget, enough to rent commercial space and get out of the house is not enough to handle such a surprise. Someone at Realm Industries thought they could handle it. Obviously not. 

Hydrogen still might be accessible cheaply from water. But until the safety aspect is solved, and always handled properly, it is just as tragic small inventors have to be the ones to suffer a fatality, while big buck corporations, who have all the resources to establish a safe R&D facility with safely skilled personnel, would rather blow billions chasing faster profits than to pursue a fuel than would make crude oil, and its dirty acquisition, totally obsolete.

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Brown's Gas can be stored:

On June 20, 2010 7:31 PM, New Energy Congress member, Leslie Pastor wrote:

BG is dangerous when you treat it like any other gas............ 

I am a member of a private group that has learned how to use BG, and how to store it effectively. It is proprietary knowledge and I cannot divulge the methodology we use. But it can be stored under the appropriate methodology. 

I keep telling everyone that the solution is Physics and not engineering. The first thing one needs to know is that BG dislikes heat. 

The second thing one should know, is that BG is not a normal state. And always remember, that the transitional state is probably the most dangerous state. 

BG wants to re-convert into water and re-normalize. 

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Carbon Fiber explanation hokey; bond angles

On June 21, 2010 12:39 PM, F Buckley Lofton wrote:

Interesting development. Of course thousands of people have died from explosions related to gasoline, etc., so one or two deaths or injuries over several years is a huge news item? 

The issue over the compressor cylinder as being carbon fiber is hokey....most compressor bottles have an aluminum or steel (alloy) bladder and are wrapped with CF. The misinformation on this issue is important. Better reporting is needed. 

PS - If folks would read the attached paper [.xls], you'll get the facts (on Forces) that the Bond Angles will change momentarily - prior - to separation/fracture but that the other Covalent Bond forces are too strong for that significant effect or stabilized equilibrium - to change. The ionization of the Oxygen atom reduces Covalent Bond force to the Hydrogen (additional electron overhead) and due to position, 40% less energy is actually required to fracture than Bond Energies indicate.
(Pay attention to spin - there is para and ortho oxygen too.)

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On June 22, 2010 1:28 PM, F Buckley Lofton added:

Aloha, and my sincerest condolences to Tyson's family...he's a hero in book. Include that. I am crying...
'O wau iho no me ke aloha,
F. Buckley Lofton, Kailua-Kona, HI

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Thanks to Brian Hastings for bringing this incident to our awareness.

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Page composed by Sterling D. Allan June 18, 2010
Last updated July 09, 2010


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