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 September 17, 2019 at 3:03am


Propane blast kills firefighter, injures his brother, others

Posted: Sep. 16, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Sep. 16, 2019 4:29 pm

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A fierce propane explosion leveled a newly constructed building after fire crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday, killing one firefighter and injuring at least eight other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said.

The blast was so powerful it blew a vehicle across an intersection and damaged nearby buildings. Paper, insulation and building debris rained on the area.

The explosion shattered the two-story building that housed LEAP Inc., a nonprofit that serves people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, just a couple of months after it was finished.

"It's a war zone. It's just a mess," said Scott Landry, a member of the Farmington Town Select Board. "The building is gone."

The blast killed 68-year-old Fire Capt. Michael Bell and injured his brother, Fire Chief Terry Bell; five other firefighters; a maintenance worker for LEAP; and an ambulance worker, officials said.

Four of the firefighters were in the intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland, while the maintenance worker was being treated at a hospital in Boston, officials said. One firefighter and the ambulance worker were treated and released.

The blast hit around 8:30 a.m. in this town in western Maine, about 70 miles north of Portland.

Neighbors heard a thunderous boom that rattled homes and knocked pictures off walls. Flying paper and dust made it look as if a snowstorm had hit.

LEAP worker Lisa Charles, who lives down the street from the explosion site, was home with her kids when the blast startled the family.

She stepped outside to see debris falling from the sky and feared the worst for her colleagues.

"I know everybody in there. I thought for sure everybody was gone," she said. "They got a warning from the maintenance guy who was a hero for telling them to evacuate."

Kim Hilton, who works in the admissions department at the nearby University of Maine at Farmington, said she was frightened when her building shook.

"It felt like someone hit our building with a vehicle," she said.

Gov. Janet Mills — who is from Farmington and whose office said she knew the firefighter who died — ordered flags lowered to half-staff across the state. Mills also visited the scene and promised the state fire marshal's office will investigate.

"We're going to get to the bottom of as much as we possibly can to protect this community, to protect all other communities and make sure this doesn't happen again," she told reporters.

The 40-by-60-foot (12-by-18-meter) building, which served as the administrative offices for LEAP, opened eight to 10 weeks ago and wasn't yet fully staffed, Landry said.

The smell of gas was detected when the first workers arrived and the building evacuated before most workers had arrived for the day, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 17, 2019 at 2:14am


An explosion rocked a Russian research facility known for housing the smallpox virus

September 16, 2019

An explosion Monday caused a fire at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, a biological research facility in Siberia known for being one of the two centers in the world housing samples of live smallpox virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is the only other place known to maintain live samples of the deadly pathogen.

According to the head administrator of Koltsovo city, where the research center, commonly called the Vector Institute, is located, the explosion occurred during scheduled maintenance work. The incident doesn’t pose a threat to the surrounding community, Nikolai Krasnikov told the Russian TASS news agency. According to TASS, there were no biohazard substances involved. One worker was injured and taken to a hospital with burns. Russia Today reported that emergency responders were treating the explosion and fire as a major incident, given the sensitive work of the Vector Institute.

The Vector Institute is known for producing top-notch epidemiological research. According to TASS, researchers recently wrapped up successful trials

on an Ebola vaccine earlier this year. Despite that reputation, there have been questions raised about the institute. A high-ranking Soviet bioweapons official who defected to the United States in the 1990s claimed that smallpox had been moved to the Vector Institute in order to conduct bioweapons research.

The world’s other smallpox repository, the CDC, has also faced questions about its safety processes and infrastructure. In 2016, USA Today published an investigation on failures at the centers, including a 2009 incident where scientists in biohazard suits could see light seeping into a decontamination chamber where workers who’d just done work with deadly pathogens were supposed to be doused in a chemical shower.

The last known smallpox outbreak was in 1977 and the World Health Organization declared the disease eradicated in 1980. The disease killed about 300 million people in the 20th century, and  three in 10 people who contracted it died. Survivors were often left scarred and blind.

Monday’s blast follows relatively closely on the heels of another explosion at a Russian facility conducting high-tech and risky research. In August, an accident at a missile test site killed five nuclear scientists. US officials believe researchers at the site were working on a nuclear-powered cruise missile.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2019 at 6:22pm


Four killed after explosion and fire in ONGC gas plant near Mumbai

September 6, 2019

An Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) gas processing plant in Uran, near Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra state, was hit by an explosion and huge fire on September 3 that killed the plant production supervisor and three security staff.

Three other security staff were injured in the fire and local police said 5,000 nearby residents were evacuated for a short time after the incident.

According to the Hindustan Times, senior company officials inspected the plant the following day to assess the damage and to investigate the causes.

An ONGC press statement said that on the morning of September 3 a strong hydrocarbon smell was reported at the Demineralised Water Plant (Oily Water Sewage Pit) and nearby security cabin, which is outside the main processing area. Plant personnel rushed to the site but a “major fire incident” then occurred.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2019 at 6:18pm


Several explosions at Georges Sand College in Bethune this Friday morning

At least 4 detonations were heard this Friday morning.

A large fire and police deployment has been underway since late morning in Bethune. Several bottles of gas allegedly exploded at Georges Sand College in Bethune. 4 detonations were heard around 11:30. A security perimeter is set up around Blaringhem High School. No injuries were to be deplored among college students who were a priori in a secure area, according to police officers on site. They try to reassure the parents who came in large numbers.

Additional information at 12h:
Collegians evacuated from the college are to be recovered at the sports hall of the rue de Lille in Bethune. Firefighters intervene on the college roof to control the fire. Work was apparently under way. Blaringhem High School, near the college, was evacuated for safety.

Additional information at 13h:
The 650 students and 70 staff were evacuated. The fire has been controlled. Everything returned to normal at 12:45. The sub-prefect of Bethune must specify the conditions of the incident that occurred at a building under construction.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2019 at 5:46am


At Least One Killed, 12 Injured By Gas Cylinder Twin Blasts In Pakistan

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 06th September, 2019) At least one person was killed and twelve others injured by two blasts of gas cylinders in the Pakistani city of Quetta, local media reported on Thursday.

The first cylinder exploded inside a transport company office in the city's Kharotabad and Khaizi Chowk areas, and the second blast occurred already after the rescue brigade and police have arrived at the scene, the Geo tv broadcaster reported.

All those injured by the twin explosion - among them two police officers and multiple journalists� - have been transferred to a hospital, the media added

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2019 at 5:42am


Explosion Rocks Firecracker Factory Leaving 23 Dead

09/05/19 AT 10:12 AM

Twenty-three people were killed and 14 others injured in a large explosion at a firecracker factory Wednesday in northern India, according to police.

The blast, which took place in Gurdaspur in the northern state of Punjab in India, gutted a building that was being used to manufacture firecrackers in a residential part of the city, as reported by CNN.

According to inspector general Surinderpal Singh Parmar, the explosion and ensuing blaze were so fierce that it led to the collapse of the factory building.

"We are trying to figure out the cause. Police, firefighters and disaster management personnel are at the site looking for any extra bodies in the debris," Parmar said on Wednesday.

The National Disaster Response Force launched search and rescue operations Wednesday afternoon and finished overnight. By Thursday, a forensic team had begun working on the site and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion.

said the blast was so strong that it shattered the windows and collapsed some walls of nearby buildings. A few pedestrians in the area at the time of the explosion were also injured

Punjab's chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said in a tweet that he had ordered a magisterial probe into the blast

Parmar said that the firecracker manufacturers may have been operating illegally.

"They had not got the license renewed to make firecrackers since the last two years. It seems like a lapse on the part of the manufacturer," he said

Firecrackers and fireworks are widely used in India during festivals and celebrations, particularly around the biggest Hindu festival of Diwali which falls at the end of October this year.

However, accidents in manufacturing facilities are not uncommon in India. On Saturday, at least 12 people were killed and 58 injured after an explosion at a chemical factory in the western state of Maharashtra

and another:


India chemical factory explosion kills 12 people

Sept 1 2019

At least 12 people were killed and a further 58 injured after an explosion at a chemical factory in western India Saturday

The resulting fire at the factory in Dhule district, in the state of Maharashtra, has now been contained, while a search operation is ongoing, police told CNN.

Six people were initially believed to have been killed, but more bodies were found during the search operation, while some injured people died at hospital.

Sanjay Ahire, a senior police official, told CNN: "From our initial investigation it appears a boiler exploded which led to a massive fire in the factory."

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the state government will provide compensation of 500,000 Indian rupees each (about $7,000) to the families of the deceased.

India's Home Minister, Amit Shah, tweeted: "Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule, Maharashtra, adding, "state govt is doing everything possible to assist the people in need. My condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover soon."

Asian markets rally on perfect storm of positive news
The National Disaster Response Force launched search and rescue operations Wednesday afternoon and finished overnight. By Thursday, a forensic team had begun working on the site and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion.
Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 26, 2019 at 2:08am


Massive gas explosion decimates Maryland shopping center

An office and shopping center were partly destroyed in a blast seemingly caused by a gas leak in Columbia, Maryland, early Sunday morning, according to officials.

The explosion occurred at about 8 a.m. ET, just 30 minutes after first responders received a call about a possible gas leak, according to Howard County Fire and Emergency Services.

The explosion seemed to occur at a building that houses a Social Security office and a dental practice, according to NBC Washington. The business are located in the middle of a popular shopping area.

The blast also triggered a power outage in the area, with several nearby businesses losing electricity.

The blast was so powerful it could be heard "in communities many miles away," Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement. Ball thanked firefighters on the scene for how they handled the situation.
"As they responded to multiple reports of hissing sounds coming from a large crack in the parking lot of the building, they promptly assessed the situation, worked to ensure the buildings were not occupied and that evacuations were not necessary, and set up a perimeter," Ball said.

No one was hurt in the explosion, according to Ball.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company said in a statement that a crew member was on site working with the fire department the blast occurred.

"BGE crews have turned off gas service and are currently working closely with the fire department," the utility company said on Twitter. "Once it is safe to do so, BGE will investigate the cause of the incident."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 11, 2019 at 7:15am


Explosion at Holyhead aluminium powder plant

Aug 10 2019

Fire crews were sent to the scene of an explosion at an aluminium powder plant on Anglesey on Saturday evening.

Locals reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a plume of white smoke after the explosion at the AMG Alpoco plant in Holyhead shortly after 18:00 BST.

An explosion at the same site closed the A5 London Road in June 2015.

North Wales Fire and Rescue, North Wales Police and the ambulance service all sent vehicles to the scene of the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2019 at 9:12pm


Gov. Evers declares state of emergency as thousands in Madison are without power after explosion, fires at substations

Published 8:30 a.m. CT July 19, 2019

MADISON - Just under 6,000 people in Madison remain without power in the middle of a heatwave after an explosion and fires broke out at two Madison Gas and Electric power stations Friday.  

Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency in Madison and Dane County.

“With the power outages and the extreme heat, I have directed all state agencies to provide assistance and authorized Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to activate the National Guard to assist local authorities if needed. Keeping folks safe remains our top priority as we continue to manage and respond to this situation.”

Black smoke filled the sky over Madison's isthmus and knocked out power across downtown, closing streets and snarling traffic. 

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway warned downtown Madison residents mid-day power might not be restored by nightfall.

MG&E president and CEO Jeff Keebler said a mechanical issue likely caused the first and larger fire in a substation across the street from a generating plant just off East Washington Avenue — a main thoroughfare on Madison's isthmus.

“We don’t know whether the fire caused the explosion or the explosion caused the fire," Keebler said at a news conference.

The cause of the second fire at a substation not owned by MG&E near the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus is unknown.

Keebler said the company is conducting a damage assessment but hopes to restore power within hours.

As of 1 p.m., just under 6,000 people were still without power on what is likely to be the hottest day of the year. That was down from about 12,000 earlier in the day.

The temperature in Madison was forecast to hit 93 on Friday, with the heat index — what it feels like when the temperature is combined with humidity — forecast to be as high as 105 degrees.  

But Keebler said MG&E officials had no reason to believe the cause of the fires were due to customers using air conditioners more than on cooler days. 

Cooling centers are open across the city, including at the UW-Madison's Kohl Center. 

Excessive heat is of particular concern at two assisted living facilities for senior citizens in downtown Madison.

Lisa Olsen, program and events manager at the Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, said the building has backup generators it is using for health services.The building was cool as of Friday morning, but workers said if the outage lasts six hours or more, residents could have problems with the heat.

"People are running around like crazy trying to help everyone who needs it right now," Olsen said. "We have staff checking on independent-living residents."

The mayor said taking care of people at the senior centers was a top priority and the city would move residents to other locations if necessary. State officials have offered to assist if help is needed, she said.

Rhodes-Conway told residents to treat intersections like four-way stops when traffic lights are out. She urged people to drink water and stay up to date by following news outlets and checking www.cityofmadison.com/poweroutage.

“You’ve got to stay cool, you've got to stay hydrated and you’ve got to stay connected," she said.

One UW Health's urgent care centers on Madison's east side was closed because of the power outage, according to UW Health spokeswoman Toni Morrissey. 

Dane County relocated its 911 center because of the outage, but no 911 calls were missed, according to county officials.

The power outages prompted Gov. Evers to close state offices and the Capitol. City and Dane County closed many of their offices.

State government websites, including for the court filing system and the Department of Motor Vehicles, were down as of mid-day Friday. 

The largest fire and explosion occurred at the substation at 702 E. Main Street, near East Washington Avenue. The substation is co-owned by MG&E and American Transmission Co., Keebler said.

The second fire was at a substation owned by ATC near UW-Madison's Ogg Hall. It was put out quickly. 

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said the fire did not affect campus buildings and power remained on throughout Friday. 

Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said 40 firefighters were sent to the downtown substation at about 7:40 a.m. It took 15 to 20 minutes to "de-energize" the substation and after that the fires was put out in five to seven minutes using foam, he said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause in conjunction with MG&E, he said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2019 at 7:44pm


Gas explosion in Christchurch injures six and destroys house

A house has been completely destroyed in Christchurch following a major gas explosion which saw at least six people seriously injured.

July 19, 20192:38pm

Several people have been hospitalised after a house exploded in New Zealand this morning, leaving the building completely destroyed.

Residents in the Christchurch suburb of Northwood reported hearing the deafening gas explosion about 10.20am local time.

When firefighters and police arrived there was nothing left of the house but rubble, with New Zealand police describing the incident as “serious”.

Initial reports suggest six people were taken to hospital, with injuries ranging from serious to critical.

People that were in the house at the time of the explosion reportedly suffered serious burn and blast injuries.

Fifty residents were also evacuated from the area by emergency services.

Footage of the aftermath revealed the complete destruction left behind by the explosion.

Hardly any part of the home was left standing and what was left was engulfed in flames.

Debris was sent flying 100 metres, littering the roofs and backyards of the surrounding houses.

James Looyer, who filmed the aftermath of the explosion, toldStuff.co.nz he had to help pull people from the rubble.

“We shot around there, peeked over the fence and … the people [were] just hanging out of the woodwork and all the framing of the house. We just hopped the fence, and pulled all the wood off and dragged them out of there pretty much,” he said.

“We were trying to talk to them and they were just stone cold … they [couldn’t] even hear anything we were saying, just looking straight at us.”

He told the publication that one woman he helped had the skin completely ripped off her feet.

Another local resident, Angus Hendry, told the publication that he went inside the house while it was still burning to help rescue people.

“They were in, I hope, surprisingly good shape, given the condition of the house. We just got them out, they looked in quite a bit of shock, had burns and stuff,” he said.

“It was just a lot of rubble … the house is no longer a house, it’s half a house.”

Other nearby houses had been partially destroyed, windows had been blown out and garage doors had been ripped off.

A worker at a nearby hotel told the New Zealand Herald the explosion was so loud it was like a bomb had gone off.

“It was more than an earthquake, you’d think a bomb had gone off,” she said.

“We’ve had housing insulation raining down on our property so something’s obviously had quite a large explosion.”

The city of Christchurch is still on edge just four months after a gunman killed 51 people and injured dozens of others after opening fire on a mosque.

There is no indication that this explosion had any wider security indications.

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