Apocalyptic Natural Gas Explosion Levels Kansas City RestaurantFeb 20th, 2013 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions
UPDATE: Kansas City Mayor Sly James confirmed that one person has died in connection with last night’s natural gas explosion, which leveled JJ’s, a popular mid-town restaurant, shortly after 6 p.m. CST.
The mayor will hold another press conference to provide additional information this afternoon at 4:45 p.m CST (5:45 p.m. EST).A massive natural gas explosion destroyed a crowded, mid-town restaurant yesterday during Happy Hour in Kansas City, MO, a few minutes after 6 p.m CST.
The cause of the blast that demolished JJ’s, an establishment popular among Kansas City locals, has been attributed to natural gas and speculation has centered around contractors who were reportedly operating excavation equipment in the area, although the exact source of ignition has not yet been determined, according to a recent statement from the gas utility, Missouri Gas Energy.
Ed. Note – If you appreciate and enjoy the content you get here at NaturalGasWatch.org, please take a moment to click on one of the advertisements you’ll find on the right side of the page. Your support will help us keep this site up and running. Thanks, Fj.According to media accounts, the explosion injured 16 people, four seriously, and one person remains missing.
From the Kansas City Star:
The force knocked out windows at least a half-block away and was felt nearly a mile away. Flames soared two-thirds higher than the building into the evening sky. Bricks and broken glass were strewn around, and nearby residents and office workers gathered outside and watched as the injured were carried away. The odor of gas remained in the air, causing apprehension about a possible additional explosion.
There were no initial reports of deaths, but officials brought cadaver dogs to the scene to explore the ruins.
Witnesses reported a strong odor of natural gas in the area, some for hours before the explosion occurred about 6 p.m., and some reported that workers were using backhoes just to the east of JJ’s before the explosion.
By all accounts, the natural gas explosion triggered a devastating inferno. NaturalGasWatch.org has compiled the most compelling footage, which you can view below.