Definitions for "BLEVE"
(Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Used when describing fires involving compressed gases in cylinders which rupture due to extreme pressures and proceed to burn rapidly.
Boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion. Explosion of a pressure tank containing an overheated material when the vapor expansion rate exceeds the pressure relief capacity (e.g., steam boiler or propane tank). If the contents are flammable, the rapidly released vapor may react in a secondary fuel-air explosion.
a catastrophic explosion of a flammable fuel