An oil field exploded in Basra Iraq [Iraq Oil Report ; Published September 20, 2011]; Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


List of comment about gas explosion, in order of posted time; as of 2011-09-01


1) SOMERVILLE, Ohio, US; "Investigation continues in house collapse"

2) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. US; "Bakersfield resident hurt in natural gas explosion"

3) Pompton Lakes, NJ, US; "Update: Suspected gas explosion levels home in Pompton Lakes [raw video]"

4) Brantford, Ontario, Canada; "Natural gas explosion levelled Brantford house: fire marshal"

5) Warren, MI, US; "City of Warren Home Explosion Underscores Need for Natural Gas Safety"

6) Castleford, West Yorkshire, UK; "Dramatic footage shows huge gas explosion at Yorkshire home"

7) Warren Park, Harare, Zimbabwe; "2 seriously injured in Warren Park gas explosion"

8) Logan City, south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house"

9) Herscher, IL, US; Douglasville, GA, US; "This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011"

10) "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house" [See 8)]

11) Lakeview, MI, US; "Explosion inside Lakeview house causes fire, couple escapes with minor injuries"

12) Newborough, Victoria, Australia; "Gas blast destroys Newborough garage"

13) Cato, Montcalm, MI, US; "Couple escapes house explosion"

14) Glenrock, Converse, WY, US; "Oilfield explosion claims three"

15) St. Augustine, Fla, US; "Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'"



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

We'll be seeing an uptick in unusual home and business gas explosions and I'm trying to locate specific ZT on the matter.  Below is a refresher for the many gas related news articles.



Fault lines, when adjusting, do not just rip apart one day during a dramatic earthquake. They most often creep. Laying gas lines along or across a fault line is asking for an accident of this sort. Fault lines are also seldom so clearly delineated that one can go a mile in this or that direction and avoid their action. Where a slip-slide fault such as the San Andreas will often leave a clear line on the surface, this is only the surface action, not what occurs in the rock layers on either side which can fracture for a long way to either side during any movement. The gas company, or the age of the pipes, will be faulted but in truth the finger should be pointed in many directions. The public, who insist on living at such a scenic spot, is to blame. Officials, who zoned for housing are to blame. The public utility company, for allowing gas lines in the area, is to blame. But this will change nothing, while man continues to live on the San Andreas, even as it awakens. EOZT



The danger from radon gas will not be increased as a result of the pole shift. Radon gas is emitted by rock containing uranium, which is degrading. In normal circumstances, where air can circulate, it is disbursed rapidly as is any methane created by decay of organic material. The danger from these gasses comes from confinement - being trapped in a mine, a basement, or beneath the permafrost. The dangers are well known. For methane, it is explosions. An accumulation of methane gas can be identified by the smell of rotten eggs, or as some have described it, dirty socks or cabbage soup. For radon gas the danger is lung cancer, from the continual exposure to the radioactive air. Radon gas is odorless, and cannot be detected except by specialized equipment not in the hands of the average person.

In that the pole shift, or the Earth changes preceding the pole shift, can fracture rock and release pockets of either gas, survivors should be cautious about huddling in bunkers. You are safer out in the open air, or in a trench you have dug that will allow the pole shift winds to pass over you, but nothing to fall on and crush you. The fact that both methane gas and radon gas can accumulate in the bunkers of the elite is one of the reasons we have stated that they have dug their own graves. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


Anyone watching the news, for instance the news on the San Bruno explosion in a distribution line close to the San Andreas Fault line, knows that gas in any form is a danger. Oil and gas refineries explode when rigid piping cracks. Oil or gas wells explode when the ground around them moves. And the gas distribution lines running under cities are no exception. They likewise will explode. Gas lines, whether along the street or within a home, are rigid. In some cases automatic shutoff valves can limit the amount of gas available for an explosion by sensing a drop in pressure, but this is always after the fact. The explosion has already occurred. Utilizing gas on a planet prone to earthquakes was a mistake to begin with, but man never thinks of the consequences when striving for modern conveniences. We have advised turning off the gas at the street, though when the street explodes and your neighbor's homes are on fire you are not likely to escape the holocaust. A better alternative is to live in an area where gas is not available, as in your rural safe location where you will be doing a form of camping while gardening. A campfire at night, for cooking and washing and a bit of friendly light before bed. Nothing explosive. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT Answer: It is no accident that the New Madrid fault lies under the Mississippi River near Memphis, as rivers form in lowlands created when land pulls apart, separating the rock fingers and weakening support for the land. Thus, the Ohio River bed also is an indication of where rock fingers will pull apart. Two adjustments in Kentucky, a day apart, are not an accident, but an indication of the speed at which the stretch zone is starting to adjust. Rail lines are frequently an early harbinger of such adjustments, as they run long distances, whereas structures within cities, such as tall buildings, take up relatively little space and have a small footprint. Our warning that imploding cities will be experienced, before the hour of the shift, are in this regard. Be warmed, it will not just be your rail lines and gas and water mains that will shatter and be pulled apart during the stretch. The foundations of your tall buildings will likewise be vulnerable.EOZT



[Original post on January 20, 2011]

Original title: Gas explosion kills 1, injures 5 in Philadelphia




  • The explosion occurred in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood
  • The blast killed one utilities worker and injured five other people
  • Some of the injuries are serious

(CNN) -- A gas main explosion in Philadelphia Tuesday evening killed one utilities worker and injured five other people, a fire department official said.

Philadelphia Gas Works employees were responding to a gas main break in the city's Tacony neighborhood when the explosion occurred, fire department spokesman Jim Smith said.

"They were trying to control it and found a source of ignition," according to Smith, who said four PGW employees and a firefighter were among the injured. He said some of the gas workers' injuries were serious.



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 10, 2019 at 7:49am


Lidgate gas explosion: Two dead in Suffolk bungalow blast

  • 7 May 2019

Two people have died in a suspected gas explosion which destroyed a bungalow.

The rear of the home was blown out by a series of explosions at the property in The Street in Lidgate, near Newmarket in Suffolk.

Crews began tackling the blaze at about midday and specialist dogs were later brought in after two people were "unaccounted for".

The cause of the explosion is unknown and a joint fire and police investigation is taking place.

Officers said the fire was believed to have been caused by a gas explosion.

One neighbour said it rattled the windows of homes further along the road, and described it as a "huge explosion".

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent four crews to deal with the blaze.

Fire officers had spent the afternoon trying to establish the whereabouts of the two missing people.

Incident commander Darren Reeve said: "We are working extremely hard to try and identify if we have anyone in or not."

Police said the road was likely to remain closed "for quite some time".

Comment by Juan F Martinez on May 5, 2019 at 12:41am

1 dead, 2 missing as 'ground-shaking’ explosion levels Illinois silicone plant (VIDEOS)

A massive ground-shaking explosion rocked a suburb north of Chicago on Friday night as a building was leveled by a mysterious blast that claimed at least one life.

The explosion took place at about 9pm at the AB Specialty Silicone plant in Waukegan, 40 miles north of Chicago. One fatality has been confirmed, two people are missing and four others were injured in the blast. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office warned residents to stay away from the area.

Comment by Juan F Martinez on April 27, 2019 at 4:36pm

UKRAINE Huge explosion at gas station 4-27-2019

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on April 26, 2019 at 8:37am

Series of 'apocalyptic' explosions at Tata steelworks in Port Talbot leave at least two people injured as photos show huge mushroom cloud rising above the plant


Photos posted online apparently showed a huge mushroom cloud over the plant after a blast

A huge cloud of orange smoke is pictured above houses in Port Talbot after three explosions rocked the nearby Tata steelworks in the early hours

A series of 'apocalyptic' explosions at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot rocked the Welsh town in the early hours of this morning, injuring two people.   

Residents heard three blasts at around 3.35am, while photos on social media showed a mushroom cloud of smoke rising into the sky above the plant. Bright flashes could also be seen in video shared online.   

Police believe the fire started inside a train carrying molten metal into the site, which is the UK's largest steelworks, triggering further blazes nearby.   

Tata Steel said they 'dealt with an incident at our Port Talbot site' but only two people suffered 'minor' injuries'. 

They later added: 'We can confirm there are no serious injuries and all employees have been accounted for. All fires are now under control.'

The plant, which Tata took over from Corus Steel in 2007, employs 4,000 people. 

Residents took to social media to share their shock over the scale of the explosions.

Local Mathew Kearney said the blast was 'the loudest thing I've ever heard'.

He wrote: 'Woke me sharply, and continued to crash as I came to. Plagued now with worry about the works. Can hear helicopters above now. Surreal, this. Hope everyone is okay. '  

Laura Morris described 'apocalyptic scenes'. She said: 'I hope from whatever has happened at the Steel Works Port Talbot, that everyone is ok.'

Witness Lance Davies told Sky News: 'It sounded like thunder at first and that's what woke me up.

'I heard one explosion and that drew my attention to the window and so I went to look outside the window and there were two more explosions. 

'It was a big bubble of orange flame and a cloud of smoke that looked like a mushroom.' 

One woman who lives nearby told Good Morning Britain: 'I woke up hearing three really loud explosions. It sounded like a bomb had gone off.'

A man who lives in the area told the programme: 'It was about 3.35 in the morning I heard three separate explosions. One louder bang and then two others. 

'The actual house shook slightly. When I went up to the local garage 10 minutes later, they rang the police because they thought someone was breaking in.'

Despite the scale of the blast, South Wales Police said they believe only two people suffered 'minor' injuries. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 24, 2019 at 6:59pm


Violent Manhole Explosions Rattle Midtown Manhattan; 4 Hurt

Several buildings were evacuated, including Chelsea Day School, because of elevated carbon monoxide levels in the area

April 24 2019

A series of manhole explosions rattled midtown Manhattan Wednesday, making people jump with sudden booms as black smoke billowed out from underground.

Four people, a building supervisor and three firefighters, were hurt in the fires, which erupted underground on 32nd Street shortly before 10 a.m. All were expected to be OK. Con Edison was called to turn off power in the area, and first responders shut down 32nd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues.

The building at the site of the initial manhole fire was evacuated. Others nearby, including Chelsea Day School, were also evacuated after elevated carbon monoxide levels were detected. That can happen with manhole fires, officials said. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 8, 2019 at 12:00am


Blast sparks fire at FPG factory in Yunlin County

SHUT DOWN:The Yunlin County Government ordered the factory to be closed immediately to allow for an investigation into the cause of the explosion

Black smoke rises from a Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp aromatics production plant in the Formosa Plastics Group naphtha cracker complex in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Township yesterday following a gas explosion and fire.

Photo: CNA

A gas explosion yesterday at a petrochemical plant in the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑集團) naphtha cracker complex in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Township (麥寮) sparked a fire, but there were no casualties, a FPG executive said.

The blast was triggered by a leak of liquefied petroleum gas, said Chen Wen-yang (陳文仰), a deputy director in FPG’s Mailiao management division.

The explosion occurred at an aromatics production factory run by Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (台灣化纖) at about 2pm, and the blast was heard by people living up to 6km away, local firefighters said.

It was followed by a dense plume of smoke rising into the sky.

The fire was reported to the Yunlin County Fire Department at 2:05pm and fire trucks and ambulances from several brigades were dispatched to the plant.

When they arrived 20 minutes later, a fire was blazing, the firefighters said.

The blaze was quickly brought under control, Chen said.

Operations at the aromatics factory have been suspended to allow for a complete inspection of its pipelines, he added.

The Yunlin County Government, which ordered the factory to be immediately shut down for the investigation, said it would impose a NT$5 million (US$162,248) fine on the company for contravening the Air Pollution Control Act (空氣污染防制法).

It demanded that FPG replace old pipelines and equipment in the naphtha cracker complex.

The group should also take full responsibility for the repairs of nearby fish ponds and residential properties damaged by the explosion, the country government said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 7, 2019 at 11:53pm


House explodes in North Texas

One person was hurt after an explosion leveled a home near Fort Worth on Saturday.

Fire officials say a renovation crew was inside the six-thousand square foot house when the explosion happened.

Investigators are looking into whether a propane gas leak could be to blame.

The Tarrant County Fire Marshall says it's more likely that fumes from lacquer being used may have been ignited.

Officials say the owners of the house were not home at the time of the explosion.

The house is a total loss.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 6, 2019 at 6:18am


Dozens injured as gas explosion guts top floor of Spanish apartment block

A supposed gas explosion has ripped through an entire floor of an apartment block in Madrid. The powerful blast which tore off the brick walls of parts of the 16-floor building has reportedly left 16 people in hospital recovering from minor injuries.

A powerful explosion that ripped through a top-floor apartment in a high-rise building in southeastern Madrid and blew out several of its walls has left 16 people injured.

The apartment was inhabited by elderly people and an investigation had been launched into how a gas leak could have sprung and been responsible for the damage, police sources told EFE.

The entire building was evacuated and emergency services set up a small field hospital in a street outside to attend to the injured, most of them hurt by falling bricks and masonry although some had to be treated for anxiety attacks, the sources said.

The street and some of the vehicles parked below were covered in rubble and many windows belonging to neighbouring homes had been blown in, police said.

Specialist firefighters were reviewing the entire building floor-by-floor to see how much structural damage had been caused to it, while other agents were doing the same to nearby addresses to determine the extent of the destruction and also to verify if there were more people inured.

Roadblocks were set up outside by firefighters as well as Municipal and National Police so as to stop anyone else being injured by falling rubble, the sources said.

The National Police had deployed its specialist rapid reaction and scientific units, the sources said

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 5, 2019 at 3:17pm


Silo explosion at Lake County asphalt plant heard from miles away

A silo exploded at an asphalt plant early Thursday morning and the boom could be heard from miles away.

It happened in the 1200 block of Commerce Street at an address associated with DAB Constructors.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the blast, but metal was thrown all over the plant.

Crews spent the morning peeling dangling metal off the silos and beginning cleanup efforts.

A man who lives nearby told WESH 2 News the explosion knocked a clock off his wall.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 3, 2019 at 3:20pm


2nd Texas chemical fire in about 2 weeks kills worker

HOUSTON (AP) — A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fatality in a tweet and said the two injured had been taken by helicopter to a hospital. The two injured were in critical condition, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Authorities shut down a roadway near Tuesday’s fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, Gonzalez said. Fire crews battled the blaze for about 5 ½ hours before they extinguished it, according to the fire marshal’s office.

All residents within a one-mile radius of the plant were ordered to stay indoors or shelter in place for about four hours. It was not immediately known how many residents were affected by the shelter in place. Crosby has about 2,300 residents. The fire sent a large black plume of smoke into the air.

The fire erupted about two weeks after a March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park , located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Crosby. That fire at a facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company burned for days and triggered air quality warnings. Crosby also is where an Arkema’s chemical plant was inundated by water during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Some chemicals eventually caught fire and partially exploded.

HCFMO is on scene of a plant fire/explosion. Warehouse is currently on fire, trying to determine what products are involved.

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"It is disturbing and it is problematic that we're seeing this incident in a facility, especially on the heels of" the fire in Deer Park, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county's top administrator.

Samantha Galle lives less than a mile away from the plant and said she heard and felt an explosion Tuesday.

“It shook everybody’s house around here,” the 23-year-old said.

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Gonzalez said a transfer line at the KMCO plant ignited in the area of a tank of isobutylene — a flammable colorless gas used in the production of high octane gasoline — which then caught on fire.

The fire spread to a nearby warehouse where dry chemicals are stored.

Moreno said the Environmental Protection Agency has been testing air samples from the area around the plant and has not found any harmful readings.

Worker Justin Trahan told Houston television station KPRC that he heard "some panic on the radio" but no alarms sounding before the plant caught fire.

"We didn't think anything of it — we didn't think it was anything severe," he said.

Trahan said employees began running after “the tank ignited.”

He said that he and other colleagues had to jump over a fence to escape because all the gates were locked.

Pilar Davis, a product manager with KMCO, said none of the emergency evacuation points at the plant were blocked during the fire.

At a news conference late Tuesday afternoon, John C. Foley, chief executive of KMCO, said a cause of the blaze is still being determined.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation ... and take steps to ensure this doesn't happen again," Foley said.

Davis said the fire initially ignited with isobutylene but was fueled by ethanol and ethyl acrylate. All three are chemicals and solvents used to make fuel additives at the plant.

Davis declined to comment on the worker who was killed and the two who were injured, only saying they were part of KMCO’s operations department.

KMCO, which was founded in 1975, is a chemical company that offers coolant and brake fluid products and chemicals for the oilfield industry.

The Crosby, Sheldon and Channelview school districts asked students and staff to shelter in place at all their campuses. But later Tuesday afternoon, all three districts lifted those orders to shelter in place.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that it has dispatched emergency response personnel to conduct an initial assessment of the fire.

Foley said his company's number one priority "is safety and compliance."

"We have a long track record of investing in the people, the systems and the assets to operate safely," he said.

Meanwhile, the Texas Attorney General’s office filed a petition in state district court in Austin on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The petition seeks a permanent injunction, civil penalties and reasonable attorney fees, court costs, along with recovery of investigative costs.

KMCO has had environmental violations in the past, according to a review of records.

In 2016, KMCO’s corporate agents pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of violating the Clean Air Act. A plea agreement document stated that a plant employee made false entries in logs of air testing of tanks that were known to be leaking chemicals. Another employee then used those falsified logs to submit reports to the federal and state environmental authorities. The document says the violation went on between 2008 and 2012.

A year earlier, the EPA cited KMCO for failing to comply with regulations on its risk-management plan for the plant, but settled with the plant for a $2,700 penalty.

Texas has served the plant with three notices of violation of a federal clean-air law since last August, the EPA website shows. Harris County had obtained an injunction against KMCO in 2009 that required the firm to pay $100,000 in civil penalties and give investigators easy access to the plant and prompt notification of releases.


Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant in Houston, Jake Bleiberg and Terry Wallace in Dallas, Jill Zeman in Little Rock, Arkansas, Adam Kealoha Causey in Oklahoma City and Ellen Knickmeyer in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2019 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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