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    Looking to relocate soon, found some antique extinguishers in the basement that belonged to my Great Grand Father. Shur-Stop Fire Extinguisher Grenades; it's a full set of six blown glass spheres filled with liquid in a metal case. Anybody know about them, is it a valuable antique, anybody interested in buying etc.

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    Be extremely careful with them. They are most likely filled with carbon tetrachloride, pretty corrosive stuff when it hits the air. There is a market for them in the antique world, dont know very much other then than that.
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    I also have a few. They are packed away surrounded by bubble wrap and in a box.
    It's a hazmat in a glass bubble.
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    Depending on the condition, everything still intact and like it was when made, they could bring 100.00 or more by a serious collector. As several others have said, be careful with these and don't break them as you will get sick or could die from the fumes.

    If you decide to get rid of them, contact the local or State FD Fire Prevention - Fire Marshal and let them advise you.
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    Ok, all helpful info. Thanks guys and gals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Depending on the condition, everything still intact and like it was when made, they could bring 100.00 or more by a serious collector. As several others have said, be careful with these and don't break them as you will get sick or could die from the fumes.

    If you decide to get rid of them, contact the local or State FD Fire Prevention - Fire Marshal and let them advise you.
    Just plain carbon tet isn't that much of a health hazard unless it's chronic exposure or a large spill. In a fire it releases phosgene which is VERY nasty. Ventilation will reduce exposure in smaller spills. Of course it's best to avoid exposure as much as possible.

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    I have a bunch of the things in my house and all of my out buildings. They are fixed to the walls behind the curtains and look like clear fluorescent lights. Some salesman talked my grandpa into thinking they were the best for fire protection since the fireman. Dad says they are dangerous and I should probably get rid of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    Just plain carbon tet isn't that much of a health hazard unless it's chronic exposure or a large spill. In a fire it releases phosgene which is VERY nasty. Ventilation will reduce exposure in smaller spills. Of course it's best to avoid exposure as much as possible.




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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    geeze, sounds pretty bad to me. I wonder how to tell if my weird fire extinguisher lamps have carbon tetrachloride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    We're talking about a broken carbon tet grenade, a limited exposure is not likely to be fatal. But yeah, you want to be careful with it.

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