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 December 7, 2017 at 5:13am

A dozen fires and explosions at Colorado oil and gas facilities in 8 months since fatal blast in Firestone


 Crews investigated a fatal house explosion on April 27, 2017 in Firestone./Photo: RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

 New pipeline rules proposed but they don’t deal with fatalities from oil and gas industry fires and explosions.

Colorado officials who frequently trumpet the state’s rules for the oil and gas industry as the most comprehensive in the nation have not taken enforcement action eight months after a leaking underground pipeline caused a home explosion that killed two men.

Meanwhile, two more men have died as a result of two other explosions along Front Range oil and gas lines.

And at least 10 additional explosions and fires occurred at oil and gas industry facilities around Colorado since the home explosion in Firestone on April 17, according to forms filed with state regulators and reviewed by The Denver Post.

Colorado oil and gas industry regulators have responded to the Firestone disaster by proposing modifications of existing rules — to be hashed out in meetings next month — for pipelines under well pads that they call “flowlines.”

But there is no rule — and none is proposed — covering industrial accidents leading to fatalities. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, set up by lawmakers to ensure orderly extraction of oil and gas consistent with environmental protection and public safety, lacks the authority to punish companies for explosions resulting in death, agency spokesman Todd Hartman said.

Any COGCC enforcement action for other reasons against Anadarko Petroleum would have to begin “within one year of discovery of a violation,” Hartman said in a prepared response to Denver Post queries.  Anadarko owned the leaking underground line blamed for the Firestone disaster.

“The COGCC’s focus is on the release of hydrocarbons into the environment, an issue that falls within the agency’s jurisdiction,” Hartman said. “COGCC continues to evaluate the underlying facts at issue, including facts that may be developed through the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board investigation in which COGCC is a participating party.”

State information officers did not respond to repeated requests to hear directly from COGCC director Matt Lepore on environmental and public health risks from fires and explosions.

NTSB investigators still are gathering information on the Firestone blast and no conclusions have been reached, NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said. But that agency, too, lacks enforcement authority and will not take action against Anadarko, Holloway said.

The NTSB’s investigation is purely from a safety perspective,” he said. “NTSB is not a regulatory agency and does not have any enforcement authority and therefore will not levy penalties or look at the accident from a criminal perspective. I’m not exactly sure who would pose in penalties in this case.”

Local prosecutors? No Weld County agency is considering enforcement action against Anadarko in relation to the Firestone explosion, county spokeswoman Jennifer Finch said.

After the Firestone disaster, data that Colorado regulators obtained from oil and gas companies reveal 120,815 underground flowline segments within 1,000 feet of buildings. The data show 428 segments failed integrity tests. State regulators have not determined how many miles of underground lines this represents, Hartman said. Nor have maps been made to find the locations of underground lines in relation to Colorado’s growing Front Range communities.

Colorado’s population boom has led to more people moving closer to oil and gas facilities.

The oil and gas industry also is expanding, with the latest state records indicating more than 54,600 active wells statewide and quadrupled production since 2012. Much of the new oil extracted in Colorado comes from increasingly populated Weld County, north of Denver.

The Firestone blast killed brothers-in-law Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin and seriously injured Erin Martinez.

Anadarko Petroleum, company spokeswoman Jennifer Brice said, “will continue to cooperate with all agencies, including the National Transportation Safety Board and the COGCC, until all investigations are complete, while also continuing to work with regulators, elected officials and others to build upon the actions we’ve already taken to improve safety.”

The following are among at least 12 fires and explosions at oil and gas facilities after the Firestone blast:

• One Anadarko contract worker was killed and two others were injured May 25 when a tank exploded near Mead. The workers were changing “dump lines” and “one or more tanks exploded,” according to a report filed in COGCC’s database. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety recently issued citations to Anadarko and three contractor companies for violations at the site, with penalties totaling about $70,000, OSHA area director Herb Gibson said.

• A 61-year-old man died after fire broke out Nov. 16 during work on a blocked DCP Midstream oil and gas pipeline near Galeton, east of Greeley. That man, later identified as George Cottingham of Greeley, was one of three workers injured in the fire. The COGCC did not receive a report on this incident, Hartman said, because the pipeline was a “gathering line” outside the agency’s regulatory purview.

• A worker was injured May 8 near Greeley when fumes from a Synergy Resources Corp. tank ignited. Greeley firefighters responded.

• A worker was injured June 19 in Weld County after a fire at a Great Western Operating Company well pad. The company report to COGCC said “leaking valve and fluid caught fire” and “one person was taken to the hospital.” The worker was treated and released.

•  At the north edge of Brighton, a truck driver sought medical care but was not hospitalized after fleeing a fire that broke out Oct. 12 at a Great Western facility. Brighton firefighters racing to the scene asked contractors to close off gas flows from wells, according to the COGCC report. This fire was the second in a three-week period at the same site. On Sept. 20, Brighton firefighters “set unmanned ground valves to spray cool water on other process equipment as a mitigation technique to isolate the incident.”

• On Nov. 7, hydrocarbons spilled into a combustion device, causing it to catch fire at SRC Energy facilities in Weld County. Greeley firefighters responded. No injuries were reported.

• On Sept. 12, a lightning strike apparently led to an explosion at Berry Petroleum facilities in Garfield County. The blast blew a 300-barrel tank 150 yards. A Grand Valley Fire Department crew sprayed foam when they arrived to douse flames in “smoldering metal and insulation.”

• On July 30, a lightning strike caused a power failure that resulted in a fire in Cheyenne County at Citation Oil and Gas Corp facilities. The COGCC report said:  “Fire was burning from the thief hatch and 2-inch vent riser. The Cheyenne Wells Fire Department responded and used foam to extinguish the fire.”

• On Sept. 11, a Platte Valley Fire District crew put out a fire at a Great Western facility in Weld County after “a leased compressor” caught on fire at a well pad. “The rental company … is scheduling a full investigation, which will include the root cause analysis,” a COGCC form said.

The Firestone explosion called into question public safety and environmental protection amid the expansion of oil and gas operations near people. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Colorado officials would do everything possible to make sure such a disaster never happens a....

One proposed rule change would require companies to cut off flowlines connected to oil and gas wells when they abandon wells. Another change would require companies to test all flowlines to make sure they are not leaking — not just high pressure lines as at present. Companies would have to report more incidents involving fires, injuries and fatalities. And the COGCC could begin to regulate the “gathering lines” that link the flowlines closest to wellheads with larger interstate pipelines that carry fuels to refineries..."

Source and full story: 

PUBLISHED: December 6, 2017  Bruce Finley bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2017 at 7:54am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2017 at 5:46am


Gas leak, explosion leads to evacuation in San Francisco

  • Nov 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say a gas leak turned into an explosion in a residential San Francisco neighborhood and that nearby buildings are being evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

San Francisco fire officials say the explosion at an apartment building happened Monday morning after an initial report of a gas leak.

Television images show window blinds and glass blown out from the second story of an apartment building into a street in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.

The San Francisco Fire Department says it is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company on the gas leak.

PG&E did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Comment by KM on November 26, 2017 at 12:53pm


Two dead and dozens injured as a powerful 'factory' explosion in a Chinese port city knocks down buildings and 'punches holes in walls more than HALF A MILE away'

  • Huge blast in Ningbo left streets littered with damaged cars and a sea of debris
  • It's not clear what caused the powerful explosion, with some reporting a gas line
  • Others have said the explosion occurred in a factory, but reports are conflicting
  • State broadcaster said debris 'punched holes up to a kilometre away' in Ningbo 

Two people have been killed and dozens are reported injured after an explosion in a port city in China.

The blast in Ningbo knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, the government and news reports said.

The early morning explosion struck a riverfront neighbourhood at around 9am, the official Xinhua News Agency and other outlets reported.

A view of damaged buildings at the site of an explosion in Ningbo, China's eastern Zhejiang province

Rescue workers work at the site of a blast in Ningbo which has claimed the lives of two people

Rescue workers work at the site of a blast in Ningbo which has claimed the lives of two people

A rescue worker inspects the damage in the foreground as his colleagues use a ladder to climb down from a destroyed building in Ningbo

A rescue worker inspects the damage in the foreground as his colleagues use a ladder to climb down from a destroyed building in Ningbo

Xinhua said it occurred at a factory but a police statement said the cause was under investigation.

In a separate report, China Central Television (CCTV) did not refer to a factory, but said the force of the explosion shattered windows and punched holes in the walls of buildings as much as a kilometre away.

CCTV images showed a few flattened cars and a low-rise building with a collapsed wall. 

The state broadcaster said it was not a gas explosion, without elaborating further.

CCTV said two people were killed while two others who had been injured were in serious condition.

Two people were killed and two more seriously injured, the district office announced on its social media account.

At least 30 others were taken to hospitals, according to Huanqiu.com, a website operated by the newspaper Global Times.

Sunday's blast knocked down residential buildings but they were vacant and in the process of being demolished, Huanqiu.com said. 

It added there might have been people in the area collecting scrap for recycling.

Bystanders said the explosion might have been caused by a gas pipeline that was damaged during demolition work, but the Ningbo gas company said it had no lines in the area, the newspaper China Youth Daily reported on its website.

Photos on News.163.com showed an injured woman being carried away on a man's back and what appeared to be the body of man lying in the debris of a wrecked building.

Video clips on multiple websites showed a white cloud of smoke rising above the explosion site and rolling across nearby buildings.

Television images showed cars twisted and mangled by the force of the explosion, a plume of grey smoke rising in the sky, and debris scattered for dozens of metres (yards) around the site of the incident.

Aerial images posted by the People's Daily on Twitter showed at least four wrecked buildings around a wasteland of concrete debris.

Rescuers wearing helmets were seen carrying injured people away from the area, while others stood over a person lying on the ground.

Pieces of concrete, wood and glass were strewn across a large area and metal gates were twisted open near windows that had been blown out of buildings.


Comment by M. Difato on November 25, 2017 at 7:57pm

A gas transmission line ruptured, setting off an explosion and fire around 10 p.m. Monday (Nov 20). The blast exposed about 30 feet of the 22 inch natural gas line, creating a crater 18 feet deep, according to officials.


 Flames could be seen hundreds of feet in the air. Witnesses calling into the WWJ Traffic Center said they could see the flames from as far as 25 miles away. Dana Bush of Orion Township said he could feel the heat off the fire from about half a mile away.

“There’s what looks like a major gas explosion,” Bush said. “It looks like it’s from the Consumers (Energy) regulator plant at Joslyn and Brown Road. I’m here behind the Sam’s Club and I’m a half a mile away from it, the flames are probably 150-200 feet in the air. I can feel the heat from here. You can hear the noise in the background, it sounds like a jet engine.”.."

Comment by jorge namour on November 11, 2017 at 3:31pm

Bahrain oil pipeline blaze brought under control - civil defence

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 /


(Reuters) - Bahraini authorities had brought under control a fire at an oil pipeline caused by an explosion, the civil defence said in a statement on Saturday.

State-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) closed the flow of oil to the stricken pipeline, the civil defence added in the statement, published on the interior ministry’s website.

Residents close to the incident near Buri village, some 15 kilometres (10 miles) from the capital Manama, were being evacuated to a safe shelter, the statement added.

It was not clear what caused the blaze but a Reuters witness said there was a large fire which burst the pipeline.

Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa oilfield for the majority of its oil. It shares the field with Saudi Arabia.

Arabian Light crude oil will flow from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq plant via the 115-km new pipeline, 73 km of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf.


Another video of the FIRES oil pipes in the village of Al - Buri in # _ Bahrain 10_11_2017

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2017 at 2:55am


Explosion and fire at Desert Whale Jojoba Company, a Tucson factory

Posted: 4:47 PM, Nov 9, 2017

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A late night explosion and fire hurt five people and challenged Tucson Firefighters to put it out.

It happened at the Desert Whale Jojoba Company near 22nd and Aviation.

Jojoba plants are used for cosmetics and shampoo, but the process creates oil and powder. Both can be flammable, and they proved it last night.

It was about twenty minutes to midnight when the explosion and fire broke out.

Six workers were inside, five of them needed hospital treatment.

The building had a sprinkler system, but the explosion seems to have knocked it out.  A gas line broke and added to the fire.

Lordes Trammell heard a boom and rushed to the fire.

She says the whole center of the building had been floated up the roof had been blown off and the center of the building was in rubble. The whole place was blazing red hot."

Fire crews were still cooling the fire throughout the day.

Wreckage shows the force of the explosion.  It blew a metal roll-up door into the street.  On the main structure, you can see a piece of the roof where the force of the explosion flipped it into onto an adjoining building as if it were on a hinge.

To remove any lingering hazards, demolition crews brought controlled destruction to the wreckage the fire left behind, with an eye towards keeping the structure next door safe.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on November 9, 2017 at 6:05pm

Russia tower block collapses after explosion

As a result of explosion in an apartment building in Izhevsk there are dead video

As a result of the explosion in an apartment building in Izhevsk, at least 1 person was killed, two were injured.

Under the rubble, there may still be people, said the source of RIA Novosti in the MOE.

In the Russian Izhevsk, a part of a nine-storey residential building collapsed at the intersection of Udmurtskaya and 10 October Streets.

It is known that the destruction is large-scale - from the first to the ninth floors. The corner of the building on one side is completely destroyed.

Probable cause of collapse was household gas. Eyewitnesses report that before the caving a loud sound was heard, and also a thick smoke could be seen from the building, but there was no fire.

Source: https://frontnews.eu/news/en/17176/As-a-result-of-explosion-in-an-a...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2017 at 4:50pm


01 November 2017  Last Updated at 8:41 pm

16 dead, scores scorched as NTPC boiler explodes; CM announces

Lucknow, Nov 1 A massive explosion ripped a boiler in the state-run power giant NTPC's Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district today, killing at least sixteen persons while scores suffered severe burn injuries, officials said.

The NTPC initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured, they added.

Sixteen persons have died while 90 to 100 were injured in the explosion at NTPC's Unchahar plant, UP's Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said.

In a statement, the NTPC said that at around 1530 hrs at unit number six of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20 meters elevation.

There was an opening in corner number two from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area, the central public sector undertaking said.

It added that around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after giving first-aid.

Union Power minister R K Singh, through social media posts, expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and said that he had directed the NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the site.

The Unchahar sub-division in Raebareli district is around 110 km from the state capital.

UP's ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said that all available ambulances were pressed into action and the additional district magistrate and the additional superintendent of police were on the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.

Chief Minister Adityanath, who was away in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, ordered that necessary steps be taken for rescue and relief.

The CM has taken cognisance of the Unchahar accident and has directed principal secretary (home) to ensure that all steps are taken for rescue and relief, principal secretary (information) Awanish Awasthi, who is accompanying Adityanath, said.

"The chief minister expressed his condolences over the deaths of workers in the Unchahar NTPC unit and announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured besides Rs 25,000 for other injured workers," Awasthi said.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also despatched to the explosion site from the state capital for relief and rescue operations, an official said.

The explosion triggered panic among the employees who ran helter-skelter.

Such explosions can generate searing heat, an official said.

An injured employee undergoing treatment at a hospital said that a sudden gush of hot gas with contents of ash-like material engulfed him at the NTPC plant.

The man said he was unable to understand what had happened and found himself on a hospital bed with his body scalded all over, when he regained consciousness.

The plant area was cordoned off by the police to facilitate smooth running of ambulances.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the "terrible tragedy" in her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli. Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, Gandhi urged upon the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.

District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri told PTI that 40 ambulances were immediately pressed into service.

Chief Medical Officer, Raebareli, DK Singh along with a team of ten doctors were deployed to carry out immediate treatment to the injured, he said.

He also said that arrangements have been made to bring the serious cases to KGMU hospital and Civil hospital in Lucknow. Some of the injured were being sent to Raebareli, Khatri said.

CMO Singh said that if necessary some of the critical cases could be referred to Delhi by air ambulance.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2017 at 2:02am


Manholes Explode in Manhattan, Officials Don't Know Why

Con Edison said a manhole fire caused two covers to explode, though there was no electrical work or construction in the area at the time

Two manholes exploded on the Upper East Side early Tuesday, turning an SUV into a charred wreck and ripping up the street but causing no injuries, police say. 

Fire officials initially said one person was hurt in the 8:30 a.m. blasts near an apartment building on East 73rd Street, but police later said no one was injured.

Con Edison said a manhole fire caused two covers to explode, though there was no electrical work or construction in the area at the time and authorities do not know what caused it. Crews are taking apart electrical wires below the street as part of an "autopsy," the utility said.

Authorities shut down 73rd Street between Park and Madison avenues as they worked to clear the debris.

The investigation is ongoing. 


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