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 M. Difato on September 16, 2016 at 1:45pm

Gas Explosion In France Leaves Victims Trapped Under Rubble

A violent gas explosion has occurred in the eastern French city of Dijon. Several people have been reported injured, and at least one person trapped under rubble.

The blast occurred Friday morning with early reports saying nine people were injured.

The impact of the blast was so enormous that a four-storey building collapsed.

Fire, police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene of the explosion in the centre of Dijon.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 14, 2016 at 11:39pm


Three workers killed in blast at Thailand ethanol plant

Three workers were killed in an explosion at an ethanol plant in Thailand's northeastern province of Khon Kaen, police said on Monday.

The three workers were repairing the lid of a wastewater tank at an ethanol plant which belongs to Thai Ethanol Power Plc in the province of Khon Kaen, 390 km (240 miles) from the capital Bangkok, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Sarawut Dansuk.

"It could be that there was some kind of gas that leaked out and caused sparks when they were welding the tank lid and that set off an explosion," he said.

"An autopsy showed they were killed by the impact from the explosion."

The three killed were Thai nationals, he added.

Police are investigating whether the ethanol company was responsible for the accident.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 13, 2016 at 3:53am


Explosion, fire take Talen Energy plant offline for weeks

Talen Energy fire at Martins Creek plant on Sept. 11, 2016
Flames are seen after a reported transformer fire outside Talen Energy's Martins Creek power plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township on Sept. 11, 2016. (Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor)
 updated September 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM
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The fire after the failure of a transformer Sunday outside Talen Energy's Lower Mount Bethel Township plant was out by 10 p.m. but the plant won't return to normal operation for weeks, a company spokesman said Monday morning.

No one was hurt in the 7:40 p.m. incident but as the device failed it did make a loud noise which many in the area took for an explosion, spokesman Todd Martin said.

Residents up and down the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey said the blast was followed by a sound similar to a roaring jet engine.

Talen Energy owns the gas-fired power generating plant in Lower Mount Bethel.

PPL Electric Utilities, which transmits electricity to customers, uses energy produced from the plant. PPL spun off its power-generating business to Talen last year.

The transformer belongs to Talen and is tied to its steam turbine operation, Martin said. After initially saying the plant was operating normally Sunday night, Martin on Monday morning said the plant will be offline for a few weeks as an investigation continues.

The plant is currently in "safe shutdown mode," he said.

It wasn't immediately clear why the transformer failed.

Firefighters called to Martins Creek plant

Firefighters called to Martins Creek plant

Firefighters were called Sunday night to the natural gas-fired plant along the Delaware River in Lower Mount Bethel Twp.

The ensuing fire was handled by plant employees and first responders, Martin said. Lower Mount Bethel Township firefighters were in charge at the scene, a Northampton County emergency dispatch supervisor said Sunday night.

Martin praised the effective response of the numerous volunteer firefighters.

Any possible environmental impact of the transformer failure was contained, Martin said. The plant is off Depues Ferry Road, along the Delaware River.

A transformer increases or decreases voltage. The device that failed is similar to transformers that can been seen on utility poles that limit voltage before electricity enters homes in residential neighborhoods, but this one was far larger.

The plant in Lower Mount Bethel was powered down during the event and electricity within the plant was restored, Martin said.

The plant provides power to the regional grid, but Martin wasn't certain if the incident had an impact on PPL customers. There is redundancy in the grid, so the loss of the plant's contribution will likely be handled as it would during planned maintenance, Martin said. Specific questions on the impact to the grid would need to be asked of the PJM Interconnection, he said.

While the plant isn't generating electricity, the company will check to see what else may need maintenance, according to Martin.

Joe Nixon, a spokesman for Allentown-based PPL, said none of the company's customers was affected by the incident and they won't be impacted by the shutdown.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 12, 2016 at 12:30am


Explosions and fire at Bangladesh factory kill dozens

FirefightersFirefighters work to put out a fire in Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/A. M. Ahad)

A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 workers and injuring dozens, officials said.

Fire officials said that the explosion at the five-story Tampaco Foils Ltd. factory in the Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka was huge, and that the fire triggered by the blast spread quickly because flammable chemicals were stored at the factory.

At least six of the 14 people being treated for burns at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital were in critical condition, said Mohammed Bacchu Mia, a police official at the hospital. He confirmed that at least 23 people had died.

Local TV stations said about 50 people were injured in all. Television footage showed smoke billowing from the factory, with the fire engulfing part of the upper floors.

Factory safety is a major concern in Bangladesh, which has thousands of garment and packaging factories that supply products to global chains like Wal-Mart and H&M. A fire at a garment factory in a Dhaka suburb killed 112 workers in 2012. In 2013, a commercial complex near Dhaka housing five garment factories collapsed, killing 1,135 people, Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster.

It took firefighters nearly five hours to bring Saturday’s blaze under control. Huge piles of burned materials and chemicals had to be removed from the building to prevent the fire from spreading further, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, which occurred at around 6 a.m. Authorities have ordered an investigation.

Syed Mokbul Hossain, the owner of the Tampaco Foils factory, told the Bengali-language Prothom Alo daily that he was not sure when the boiler was last inspected.

He said around 75 people had been scheduled to work the overnight shift, which was to end at 7 a.m.

Saturday was the last working day at the factory before the workers were to go on leave for a weeklong holiday for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, which falls on Tuesday.

The major factory accidents in 2012 and 2013 prompted Bangladesh’s government, global brands and the United Nations to work together to try to improve safety standards in the South Asian country’s factories.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2016 at 9:53pm


Morning gas line explosion closes Highway 59 north of Douglas

(Wyoming) - Update: WYDot is reporting Highway 59 has been re-opened in both directions at 9:03 am.

Wyoming Highway Patrol has shared they responded to Wyoming State Highway 59 North of Douglas for a gas line explosion on a county road near mile post 14.

Wyoming Highway Patrol is working with the Converse County Sheriff's Office, Converse County Fire and Douglas Fire.

The highway is currently closed in both directions.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 30, 2016 at 10:06pm


Explosion reported in Belgium

August 30, 2016

The blast happened shortly after midnight at a complex known as Le Chalon in the southern municipality of Chimay, on the border with France. Fatalities are expected. A building at the sports facility collapsed, said RT

One person who suffered serious burns was rushed to Neder-over-Heembeek, while another was sent to the IMTR Loverval. The other two received minor injuries and were taken to the local health center. A strong explosion has partially destroyed a sports center in Belgium's city of Chimay, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

One person has died and four were injured, Belgian broadcaster has said.

Rescuers fear more victims may be trapped under rubble, authorities told the HNL.be website.

Eyewitness Vince Crate said: "When the explosion occurred, I was with a friend".

"There had been an explosion in the gym"

The mayor of the town of Chimay, Françoise Fassiaux-Looten, is coordinating safety operations.

The cause of the blast is not immediately clear but it is suspected to be a gas explosion.

Some reports say there had been a gas leak.

and another:


Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Four injured in Suhum gas explosion

Four people have been injured in a gas explosion at Suhum in the Eastern region.

The incident occurred in the neighborhood of a police residence. It is unclear what caused the explosion.

The MCE for Suhum Margaret Ansei who confirmed the incident to StarrFMonline.com said a man, his wife and their two children are the victims of the explosion.

They are currently receiving treatment at the Suhum Hospital.

A similar incident in Bole on Sunday led to the death of six people and several others injured.

The explosion caused massive damage to houses near the scene.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2016 at 7:40pm


One person confirmed missing from explosion in Cantonment, Florida

Posted: Aug 29, 2016 12:32 AM EDTUpdated: Aug 29, 2016 12:32 AM EDT

Cantonment, FL (WALA) -

Escambia County officials confirm one person is missing from an explosion at the Airgas facility in Cantonment. We’re hearing reports that a body was found at the facility, but that has not been confirmed.

Escambia County Florida Emergency Management Agency responded to a possible explosion on Old Chemstrand Road around 12:15 Sunday. 
It was initially believed to be an explosion at the Ascend Performance Materials Chemical plant.  However, it was later determined the explosion had occurred at the Airgas facility on the same road. 

According to a post on Twitter by Ascend, the Airgas plant is adjacent to Ascend, and the company supplies nitrous oxide to the Airgas.

The area is surrounded by neighborhoods. Several people took pictures and photos of yellow smoke coming from the plant.

“It felt and sounded as if a bomb had been set off,” said Tres Barrclough, who lives nearby. “I actually thought the windows were going to blow out. I came outside to check and see if there had been anything that hit the house and there wasn't. That's when I heard an alarm go off from the Ascend Plant, which is about a half a mile away from here.”

The Escambia County Public Safety Director, Mike weaver, said the yellow smoke was nitrous oxide. He explained there is no danger to the public.

The EMA website states: "Crews are on scene assessing the situation.  At this time there is not off-site impact, and evacuating or sheltering in place is not necessary."

As we’ve reported, authorities say there is still one man unaccounted for. That man’s family waited outside the plant for hours, anxious and praying for good news.

Another post from Ascend stated all of its personnel and contractors had been accounted for.  

There has been no word from Airgas on the situation.

Authorities say the explosion at the Airgas Facility happened in an isolated area and had no effect on the rest of the plant.  Authorities also say there are no more threats to the area, and employees at the manufacturing plants nearby will continue working.

“Everything that possibly could have happened, has occurred. All the gas has been released,” said Weaver. “There will not be any subsequent explosions from this incident.”

FOX10 has asked several different agencies what the cause of the explosion was, but we haven’t gotten an answer yet. We’re told the investigation has been turned over to the state fire marshal.

We will keep you updated both on air an online at more information becomes available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 28, 2016 at 8:11pm


Gas cylinder explosion brings down 3 buildings in Alexandria


Sun, 28/08/2016 - 14:54
Building collapses in Matartiya, east of Cairo, leaving ten dead

A gas cylinder exploded on Saturday inside a building in the western Alexandrian neighborhood of El-Max, causing the collapse of three buildings and the injury of one person.

A police team from the Interior Ministry and Civil Protection was immediately dispatched to the explosion site.

The team discovered that the blast had happened on the first floor, where a resident (referred to in reports by the initials N.H.) was preparing tea on a stove supplied by a gas canister that exploded. 

The resident sustained first and second degree burns all over his body, and two neighboring buildings were extensively damaged by the blast.

The damaged buildings were 30 meters squared on average, two of them two storys, and the other a single floor.

The 52-year-old owner of the building in which the explosion happened was in his apartment on the first floor of the building at the time of the accident. The owner of one of the neighboring buildings, a retired resident of 62, was inside when the explosion began to bring down the residential block. The owner of the third building was reported to be a 39-year-old who works in the agricultural sector.

The owners reccounted how they heard a deafening sound and ran out to investigate, at which point the three buildings collapsed in front of them. 

The injured resident was transferred to Karmouz Hospital for medical attention.

Authorities for the Western Alexandrian district of Agami were notified to take the necessary legal measures regarding the explosion, and to provide new homes for those who lost their homes in the explosion. Criminal investigations were notified to investigate the explosion, and  to present their findings to the prosecution as soon as possible.

Several building collapses have taken place in Alexandria Governorate over the past few years.

Failure by local authorities to execute demolition orders on time and the unauthorized construction of additional floors are the usual reasons for catastrophic building collapses, which Egypt has witnessed an increasing number of in recent years.

In January 2013, at least 28 people were killed and 12 injured in the collapse of an unlicensed residential building in Mamora, eastern Alexandria. Investigations at the time indicated that the building had been weak and had been developiong cracks in the walls for several years as it was constructed on unsuitable land and was served by an insufficient drainage system.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2016 at 7:06am


At Least 5 Dead in Suspected Gas Explosion at Sports Stadium in Belgium 

A powerful explosion occurred early Friday morning at a sports stadium southern Belgium town of Chalon, destroying half the stadium and killing at least 5 people. European media are reporting.

The blast, believed to have been caused by gas, occurred at the Chalon stadum in Chimay, Belgium, on the border with France.

Belga News agency reported that at least 5 dead and a few others injured after the building collapsed.

The cause of the blast is not yet known. Rescuers are on the site, searching for possible victims in the rubble.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2016 at 2:05am


I-70 back open following gas line leak west of Salina

Posted: Thu 2:53 PM, Aug 25, 2016

LINCOLN COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: Interstate 70 is back open after a gas leak shut down traffic. Troopers diverted drivers off the interstate near Glendale in Lincoln County Thursday afternoon.

Kansas Highway Patrol

The leak was initially reported as a gas line explosion a little before 1 p.m., about 20 miles west of Salina.

There were no reports of injuries in the explosion. Officials with Northern Natural Gas say there was no danger to the public, but they decided to shut down the interstate as a precaution.

There were some reports of a loud noise with the leak and dirt flying in the air. We're told that can happen when there's a leak in a pressurized zone.

A portion of I-70 is closed in Lincoln County due to a gas line explosion.

Trooper Ben Gardner tweeted out that the explosion is located about 20 miles west of Salina.

Dispatchers say dirt went flying into the air when the explosion occurred.

Both directions of I-70 are closed at milepost 230.

At this time, we don't know if there are any injuries.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene.

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