This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – May 27, 2013May 28th, 2013 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions
Fallen electrical wires ignited a previously undetected natural gas leak in a Greenwich, Connecticut, neighborhood on Friday, May 24, triggering a fire that one first responder characterized as “like the eternal flame.”
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After some initial confusion as to the cause of the incident, local media reports state that a vehicle struck a utility pole, sending live electrical wires to the ground where they arced a spark and ignited a natural gas leak in front of 27 Oak Ridge Street. No one was hurt in the incident, but the neighborhood was without power for several hours and four families were housed for the night by the Red Cross.
In a blast that was heard for miles around, a natural gas explosion destroyed a home in Scio, Ohio, on Sunday, May 19.
From the local NBC affiliate, WTOV-TV9:
“I was sitting on my porch reading a book. One minute that house was there and the next minute it was gone and (turned in to) a big ball of orange flame,” said Pat Galbraith, who lives across the street. “I felt the percussion hit me, and it blew me out from my chair. I must have went into shock because I couldn’t breathe.”
The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office continues to investigate the incident.
A natural gas leak triggered an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed a home and closed nearly four miles of road in western New York on Monday, May 20, according to recent media reports. No one was home at the time of the blast and there were no injuries.
An explosion touched off a fire at a natural gas compressor facility in New Milford, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, May 14, sending flames shooting high into the night sky. No one was injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, and authorities continue to investigate the incident at the facility, which is owned by the Williams Cos.
Williams has a lengthy history of pipeline safety violations, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org, and this incident represents the second explosion at a Williams-owned facility in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County in 14 months.
Thieves looting a vacant home for copper are to blame for a natural gas explosion that destroyed a house in Austintown, Ohio, on Sunday, May 12, according to recent media reports. No one was injured in the blast.
Likewise, thieves are reportedly to blame for a natural gas explosion that heavily damaged a home in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Monday, May 13. The alleged thief was injured, according to media reports, as he tried to remove copper piping that fed natural gas into the home. He was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, for medical evaluation and treatment.
A 20-inch, interstate natural gas pipeline ruptured in Bushnell, Nebraska, on May 4, according to recent media reports, sending an unknown quantity of pure methane into the atmosphere. The pipeline did not explode, although that fact may be due more to dumb luck than anything else.
The ruptured pipeline is owned and operated by Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission, which owns and operates about 5,100 miles of transmission lines in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Wyoming.
A spokesperson for Tallgrass said the public was never in any danger from the ruptured natural gas pipeline.
“We were fortunate that it was in an area that was not densely populated,” George Rider, general counsel for pipeline owner, told the JournalStar.com.
Finally, some compelling new footage of the recent natural gas explosion that injured 40 people in Prague last month surfaced recently. You can view it here: