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Backdraft - Backdrafts? Really?
During a backdraft, (which is very rare I might add) the conditions are a VERY abundant amount of yellow-grayish smoke puffing out of every nook and cranny in the structure. Not just the bottom of the door when the victims just happend to drop they're keys. Also if you look in the window of the second backdraft scene, you'll notice a lamp that is not only undamaged from fire, but it's still lit! Not only would it be evaporated to ashes prior to a backdraft, the windows would be stained black and cracked (another sign of impending backdraft). Still a great movie, but lacking realism in some scenes.
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jon on 10-21-2001
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Capman writes:
Jon, I totally agree. An impending backdraft would be very noticeable when approaching a house. Dark yellow smoke puffs out from under the eaves and any other crack, and you wouldn't see a lamp had it survived the initial fire through black stained windows. As a firefighter and from your knowledge you sound like you may be a firefighter, we can pick out dozens of what some would call mistakes in that movie. However I wouldn't neccessaraly call them slipups. They had to make the movie interesting. I'm sure the director had tons of references to fire science, but had he stuck to reality the movie would probably be a bit crappy.
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