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 Tracie Crespo on August 12, 2022 at 2:11am


39 structures damaged after deadly home explosion

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39 structures damaged after deadly home explosion
The damage to the area where homes were damaged after a house explosion with multiple agencies on the scene on Aug. 10, 2022 in Evansville, Ind.

Three people are dead after a house exploded in southern Indiana, officials said.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene in Evansville, after the blast occurred Wednesday afternoon on the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue, officials said.

Three deaths have been reported to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office as a result of the explosion, Chief Deputy Coroner David Anson said in a statement.

Two of the victims were in the home that exploded, while the third was not, according to Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly.

The victims were identified by the coroner's office on Thursday as Charles Hite, 43, and Martina Hite, 37, who both lived in the home, and their next-door neighbor, 29-year-old Jessica Teague.

One person was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Connelly said.

The home where the explosion occurred was destroyed and 39 other structures were "damaged severely or suffered minor damage," Connelly told reporters Wednesday evening. The Knight Township Trustee's Office was among the buildings damaged and will be closed for the foreseeable future, officials said.

According to Evansville's building department, 11 of the 39 homes damaged in the explosion are uninhabitable, Connelly said.

Some 60 firefighters were on the scene assisting, Connelly said.

A 100-foot radius around the blast was not immediately searchable and some buildings were not safe to enter, Connelly said, who noted there could be other victims. Though no additional victims have been found following a search and nobody is unaccounted for at this time, he said on Thursday.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Connelly had initially said investigators ruled out an intentional ignition source and believed it to be accidental, though he later retracted that statement.

"The cause is undetermined," he said.

CenterPoint Energy arrived following the blast and "made the scene safe," Connelly said. "There was no detection of gas and they're restoring service now."

Natalie Hedde, a spokesperson for CenterPoint Energy, told reporters there was no work being done in the area at the time of the incident and the company had not received any phone calls "suggesting there was a natural gas emergency."

Continued surveys have shown no indications of natural gas being detected on the outside of the structure, she said.

"At this time we feel confident there are no challenges with CenterPoint Energy's natural gas system," Hedde said.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was on-site surveying the damage.

"There's a big investigation and cleanup effort underway," Winnecke told ABC Evansville affiliate WEHT Wednesday.

An off-duty Evansville police officer reported the explosion, the mayor said.

"It felt like an earthquake," Max Walter, who works near the site of the explosion, told WEHT. "I'm at a loss for words as to the extent of what this is."

"As more information becomes available, the respective agencies investigating will be able to provide more information," the department said.

ABC News' Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 9, 2022 at 3:14pm


Transformer explosion in Lexington Center sparks large fire, forces street closures
Updated: 6:05 AM EDT Aug 9, 2022

A transformer explosion sparked a multi-alarm fire in the Massachusetts town of Lexington on Monday.

The explosion resulted in a three-alarm fire in the 1700 block of Mass. Avenue, with thick, black smoke pouring into the air.

"I was shaking. I'm still shaking. It was terrifying," said witness Emerson Graf. "We started to hear scratching and little clicking noises and we just looked over and there was this giant explosion. We didn't know what happened. It was just insane. It was so loud."

The transformer fire led to streets in the Lexington Center area being closed to vehicle traffic. Police said they also closed the Minuteman Bikeway.

Lexington fire Chief Derek Sencabaugh said the substation where the transformer explosion happened belongs to Eversource Energy.

An Eversource spokesperson said the fire was reported just before 6 p.m. and that there were no power outages associated with it.

Firefighters poured water on the 16-foot transformer for about an hour, battling both the blaze and high temperatures.

On top of trying to keep the crews as cool as possible, Sencabaugh said another big concern was water getting into the switchers in the basement of the substation. Those switchers are more than 100 years old.

"Because if the water had come up, it would start popping switches, which would then pop manholes down the street. So we, initially, were really starting to push people out of the area," Sencabaugh said.

No injuries were reported in connection with the fire.

The cause of the transformer explosion remains under investigation. Sencabaugh said one possibility could be the high demand for electricity to power air conditioners given the high temperatures and humidity levels over the past several days.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 7, 2022 at 11:56pm


Nine transported to hospital after explosion at Vitro plant

One person in critical condition was airlifted to United Regional.
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 2:06 PM MDT|Updated: 2 hours ago

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Officials say nine employees at the Vitro plant in Wichita Falls were transported to the hospital following an explosion.

Wichita County Sheriff David Duke tells our crew that a gas leak occurred inside a portion of the plant. He says the leak was next to a burner which caused an ignition leading to an explosion.

Eight victims were transported by ambulance, while one was transported by Air Evac to United Regional, Duke says.

At this moment, officials say the affected portion of the plant has been evacuated while the Wichita Falls Fire Department monitors the situation.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 7, 2022 at 7:51pm


17 missing, dozens injured in explosive fire at Cuban oil storage facility hit by lightning

Updated on Aug 6, 2022 5:08 PM EDT — Published on Aug 6, 2022 2:51 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled Saturday in the city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured nearly 80 people and left 17 firefighters missing, Cuban authorities said.

Firefighters and other specialists were still trying to quell the blaze at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, where the fire began during a thunderstorm Friday night, the Ministry of Energy and Mines tweeted. The government said later that it had asked for help from international experts in “friendly countries” with experience in the oil sector.

Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío said the U.S. government had offered technical help to quell the blaze. On his Twitter account, he said the “proposal is in the hands of specialists for the due coordination.”

Minutes later, President Miguel Díaz-Canel thanked Mexico , Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Argentina and Chile for their offers of help.

The official Cuban News Agency said lightning hit one tank, starting a fire, and the blaze later spread to a second tank. As military helicopters flew overhead dropping water on the blaze, dense column of black smoke billowed from the facility and spread westward more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) toward Havana.

Roberto de la Torre, head of fire operations in Matanzas, said firefighters were spraying water on intact tanks trying to keep them cool in hopes of preventing the fire from spreading.

The Facebook page of the provincial government of Matanzas said the number of injured had reached 77, while 17 people were missing. The Presidency of the Republic said the 17 were “firefighters who were in the nearest area trying to prevent the spread.”

Seven of the injured were taken to Calixto García Hospital in Havana, which has a prominent burn unit.

The accident comes as Cuba struggles with fuel shortages. There was no immediate word on how much oil had burned or was in danger at the storage facility, which has eight giant tanks that hold oil used to fuel electricity generating plants.

“I was in the gym when I felt the first explosion.  A column of smoke and terrible fire rose through the skies,” resident Adiel Gonzalez told The Associated Press by phone. “The city has a strong smell of sulfur.”

Authorities said about 800 people were evacuated from the Dubrocq neighborhood closest to the fire, while Gonzalez added that some people decided to leave the Versailles district, which is a little farther from the tank farm.

Many ambulances, police and fire engines were seen in the streets of Matanzas, a city with about 140,000 inhabitants that is on Matnzas Bay.

Diaz-Canel traveled to the area of the fire early Saturday, officials said.

Local meteorologist Elier Pila showed satellite images of the area with a dense plume of black smoke moving from the point of the fire westward and reaching east to Havana.

“That plume can be close to 150 kilometers long,” Pila wrote on his Twitter account.

Comment by Maja Mastroic on June 19, 2022 at 5:37am
Large Explosion, Blaze Engulfs Shanghai Petrochemical Complex
Jun 18, 2022
At least one person has been reported killed and more injured amid a massive fire that consumed a Shanghai ethylene glycol production plant. Large explosions were reported by eyewitnesses after a fire broke out at the plant, reportedly at around 4am local time.



Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 29, 2022 at 4:49pm


15 injured, 1 seriously after boat explodes during refueling on Illinois River, police say

Saturday, May 28, 2022 9:49PM

Conservation police, as well as state troopers, responded after reports of a boat fire on the Illinois River just before 4:30 p.m. at the Spring Brook Marina in LaSalle County, according to Illinois State Police.

Several families were on the boat, about to get ready to head out on the water when the boat exploded while they were fueling, conservation police said.

The vessel was apparently having engine problems and went to the marina to refuel. After refueling, they tried to restart the engine when there was an explosion, Sgt. Phillip Wire said.

The boat had 17 occupants and 13 were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. The victims range from "youth" to adults.

A man was also life flighted to an area hospital with serious injuries.

A marina employee was among those injured, officials said.

The boat is still in the water as officers work to contain the fuel. They plan to be back at the scene Sunday to remove it.

The incident comes as many people are celebrating the Memorial Day weekend.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 20, 2022 at 4:35pm


Short-circuit at arms depot led to multiple explosions in Sialkot: Pakistan Army

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Mar 20, 2022, 12:14 PM(IST)

The explosion is suspected to have occurred at an ammunition depot in an area controlled by the Pakistan Army. Photograph:( Twitter )

The sound of the blast was reportedly heard near the cantonment area in the Punjab province.

The Pakistan Army on Sunday said that an unintended fire broke out at an ammunition shed near Sialkot Garrison on Sunday, resulting in many explosions in the area.

Ary News quoted the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as claiming that an unintentional fire broke out in a munitions shed near Sialkot Garrison owing to short-circuiting. 

"Due to an effective and timely response, the damage was immediately contained and the fire has been extinguished. No damage to property or loss of life, "the Pakistan military’s media wing said.

An explosion was heard in the city of Sialkot earlier today.

According to media reports, the sound of the explosion was apparently heard near the cantonment region in Punjab province. 

The video footage of the explosions immediately went viral on social media.

The ISPR's statement came after reports of fires and explosions in the Sialkot area flooded social media. 

(With inputs from agencies)

Comment by Nick Shanks on March 16, 2022 at 7:59pm


US-23 reopens after gas line rupture sends debris into road near Fenton

(WXYZ) — Crews are on the scene after a gas line ruptured near US-23 and Center Road in Tyrone Township on Wednesday morning. People in the area reported on social media that they heard a loud explosion this morning.

US-23 was closed for hours in both directions before reopening.

“They were cleaning the natural gas pipe. Ground started shaking. He took off running and it just blew. 50 feet in the air. Shook the whole building and blew up old 23,” said Rick Richardson of Woody's Towing. Consumers Energy says they have no reports of fire or injuries.

“The loud boom heard earlier is the result of an apparent break in a transmission line,” a spokesperson says.

We’re told there is no service being interrupted or danger to the community.

Consumers Energy is expected to provide more updates later today.

“Luckily, it didn’t catch fire. Pretty crazy. We are waiting for the call to scrape the road but haven’t gotten the call yet,” said Richardson.

The Fenton Twp. Fire Chief says people can safely leave their homes now after initially being told to stay in place. We're told gas is no longer leaking, and anyone with damage to a home or vehicle should file a report.

Old US 23 is also open for traffic.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 13, 2022 at 3:52pm


Explosion, ensuing fire destroy Houghton apartment building

Just as clocks sprung forward, an explosion rocked the Franklin Square area of downtown Houghton Sunday morning. Happening just after 3:00 AM, the blast led to a fire which subsequently destroyed an apartment complex next to the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Office and Welcome Center.

Keweenaw Report spoke to Councilor Robert Megowan, a member of the Houghton Fire Department, and City Manager Eric Waara. They both say that no cause has been determined yet, but they could confirm that residents of the complex say a loud boom was heard right before the fire broke out.

It was severe enough to cause several cars in the parking lot at the front of the complex to also go up in flames.

Social media posts also suggest that an explosion occurred. All residents escaped and are accounted for.

Peter Mackin with the Salvation Army says that many residents are Michigan Tech students. University officials helped to address the immediate needs of those evacuated, namely clothing and footwear. Those who have been displaced will continue to be helped in the days and weeks ahead, including finding new living arrangements.

Multiple departments deployed to assist Houghton Fire. Keweenaw Report saw representatives from UPPCO and SEMCO, as well as the Hancock Fire Department. Ladder trucks used hoses to attack the fire from College Avenue in front of the building and East Lakeshore Drive from behind.

Hancock Fire truck in front of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Mackin wished to express gratitude to McDonald’s of Houghton for providing coffee and breakfast to crews who responded to the blaze.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 13, 2022 at 3:47pm


Huge explosion sends fireball soaring into the sky at a farm in Shropshire

Mar 12, 2022
THIS is the dramatic moment a huge explosion sends a fireball soaring into the sky. The destructive blaze today ripped through a barn on farmland near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, leaving a man seriously injured in hospital. Firefighters were scrambled to the scene in the village of Six Ashes at around midday to reports of flames. Witnesses described the "mad" moment the burning ball of gas swirled into the sky surrounded by dark plumes. Read more: Dramatic moment huge EXPLOSION sends fireball soaring into sky as destructive blaze rips through barn https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1792056...

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