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 9, 2011 at 3:31pm

Underground blast shocks drivers in downtown St. John's

ST. JOHN'S — After leaving his office in downtown St. John's, Norm Dimmell was driving along Water Street Wednesday evening and stopped at the intersection with Ayre's Cove. What happened next was a shock.

"All the lights went out," he said. "As I started moving, there was a 'pop.' I turned my head and my truck was engulfed in flames.

"It was almost like there was a water balloon of fire thrown at me and it busted off the side of my truck."

Dale Foote with the St. John's Regional Fire Department later confirmed an underground Newfoundland Power generator — specifically a covering around the wiring of the generator — had exploded.

He said a "short circuit" of some kind was the cause. "Because it's surrounded in mineral oil, it exploded and, when it did, it blew the (manhole) cover and that up."

Asked how much the manhole cover might weigh, Foote estimated it to be 300 pounds.

There were no injuries reported, but the underside of Dimmell's vehicle was damaged.

Karen Ryan witnessed the blast. Like Dimmell, she also said the lights went out moments before.

"This guy in the truck was just passing over that manhole cover and then next thing this huge explosion and flames were shooting up through it and this guy was seconds from totally running over it and getting blown up. Honest to God," she said. "I called 911 and I said, 'I think you better get down here.'"

Jamie Holmes had just driven through the same intersection.

Holmes said firefighters arrived only a "few minutes" later, and closed off the intersection. Despite the rapid response, about half a dozen other vehicles passed over the opening before the area could be closed off, he said. "It was pretty scary, actually."

Due to "some kind of gas" or an "oily residue" around the area of the manhole, firefighters put foam in and around the opening.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 9, 2011 at 6:08am

North Plainfield man hospitalized for burns after natural gas explosion

Published: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 5:40 PM     Updated: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 5:43 PM
cyprus.jpgCyprus Gardens Apartment Complex on Route 22 in North Plainfield, where a resident was hospitalized after a natural gas explosion in the complex today.   

NORTH PLAINFIELD — An elderly North Plainfield resident was hospitalized this afternoon when a natural gas explosion rocked his Route 22 apartment, said Police Chief William Parenti.

The victim, identified only as an 85-year-old male, suffered burns to his chest, arms and face after the 2:43 p.m. blast at the Cypress Gardens apartment complex, Parenti said. He is expected to survive.

The man told police he was trying to adjust his apartment’s heater and thermostat, which investigators believe led to the explosion. Parenti said the victim was "conscious and alert" when a State Police helicopter transported him to St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston.

The boom blew out several windows in the man’s apartment, but Parenti said the damage was contained to his residence. The apartment complex did not suffer any structural damage, there was no sustained fire, and no on else was injured, according to Parenti.

PSE&G cut off gas to the building until it can contain the leak, according to Parenti.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 7, 2011 at 6:07am

Explosion Destroys Home On Long Island

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

MYFOXNY.COM - Scattered, burned debris is all that is left of a house in Elmont, Long Island that exploded early Tuesday morning.

Neighboring homes were severely damaged.

There are no reports of injuries.

Witnesses told FOX 5 News reporter Carolyn Gusoff that the explosion at 150 Lincoln Street sounded like an earthquake. Firefighters told Carolyn that guns and boxes of ammunition were found inside.

It is not clear if the house was occupied when it exploded at around 1:40 a.m. The owner of the home was in the hospital for gall bladder surgery at the time of the explosion, reported Carolyn Gusoff.

Gas company KeySpan was called to the scene to assess the situation.

Power was shut off to the area,.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 4, 2011 at 7:18pm

Underground fuel tank explodes during Neb. storm

NEWPORT, Neb. (AP) — An underground diesel tank has exploded at a Newport gas station.

Newport Fire Chief Kurt Micheel told KOLN-TV (http://bit.ly/oE7ESR) that the explosion about 3 a.m. Friday blew a 20-foot-by-20-foot hole in the store's parking lot that was 8 to 10 feet deep. There was a storm in the area at the time and a lightning strike may be to blame.

No injuries were reported, and the store was not damaged.

The tank was almost empty when it exploded. A crew was called in to clean up the remaining fuel.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 4, 2011 at 7:14pm

Three injured when hot water boiler explodes at Manville home

Published: Saturday, September 03, 2011, 10:06 PM     Updated: Sunday, September 04, 2011, 12:02 PM


Gas Exposion in Manville
Enlarge Authorities were called to the scene of a gas explosion at 112 Huff Ave. in Manville. Two PSE&G workers were injured in the blast. 9/3/2011 (Amanda Brown/For the Star-Ledger) Gas Explosion in Manville gallery (7 photos)

MANVILLE — An explosion ripped through a Manville home today, injuring two utility workers and rattling already frayed nerves in the riverside community still reeling from Hurricane Irene.

PSE&G said a hot water boiler exploded shortly after 2 p.m. on the 100 block of Huff Avenue as two workers from the utility company were walking into the homeowner’s basement to repair it. The explosion caused the basement stairs to collapse underneath the workers and shattered windows in the home, which had been flooded during last weekend’s hurricane.

"I heard a loud bloom and saw the glass go flying," said Ayres Gray, a construction worker with Heavy and General Construction Laborers Local 472 who was nearby at the time of the explosion.

The condition and identities of the workers were not released tonight, but Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said one is 54 and from Collingswood and the other is 32, from West Deptford. Both were airlifted to Saint Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston, according to PSE&G. The 88-year-old owner of the home, was also not identified, but he was treated at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville for cuts and bruises and released.

PSE&G said the two men were the first employees of the utility company to sustain injuries repairing damage from the storm.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation yesterday, but PSE&G said natural gas was not involved. Manville emergency officials initially reported the incident as a gas explosion.

"It was not a gas explosion," said Mike Schmid, PSE&G director of appliance field services. "There’s a number of things that could have caused i

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2011 at 6:26am

Video: Morristown family survives manhole explosion

When power failed at their Morristown home on Wednesday, members of the Sharretts family drove across town to transfer their food to a friend’s freezer. But things warmed up before they got there.

As they turned left from South Street onto James Street, a manhole exploded beneath their vehicle.

“All of a sudden there was a fireball around me,” said the driver, Brett Sharretts. “It was not a steam accident. It was fire.”

Jersey Central Power & Light has attributed the incident, which blistered another motorist whose identity has not been disclosed, to a “failed switch.” The utility maintains that the event was unrelated to the ongoing restoration of power to Morristown in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

On Thursday, state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-25th Dist.) and Mayor Tim Dougherty met with Richard Jackson, executive director of the state Board of Public Utilities, and pressed him to get answers from JCP&L about a series of underground fires and explosions in Morristown–and to determine what caused a May 2010 explosion at the Morristown & Township Library.

“It’s time for some answers,” the Assemblyman said.

Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. blast was heard or felt in businesses, apartments and town hall. People streamed from the Visiting Nurse Association and the 181 South apartment building as firemen went inside to inspect for damage. This was the first manhole incident in town that resulted in injuries.

“It was just a matter of time,” the Mayor said at the scene.

Brett, Ted and Jeanne Sharretts a day after driving over an exploding manhole in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Brett, Ted and Jeanne Sharretts a day after driving over an exploding manhole in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Brett Sharretts said the hair was singed on his left arm, which had been leaning out the vehicle’s open window. The Honda Pilot rocked and felt hot, “like a campfire,” said his wife Jeanne.

“I’m on fire?” Brett exclaimed. From the left rear passenger seat, his son Ted, a Life Scout with first aid training, draped a blanket on his father’s arm.

Ted, 15, remembers hearing a “Boom!” Through his closed window he saw “a really bright flash on one side” that was orange-yellow.

“A New Jersey I.E.D.,” Ted said, using the military acronym for a roadside bomb.

Ted’s sister Catherine, who who is a contributor to MorristownGreen.com, recently started classes at American University and missed the wild ride.

Wednesday’s drama happened very fast, Jeanne said.

“You could feel the heat. It felt like it exp

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2011 at 6:20am

Explosion at California Research Plant Leaves One Dead, Report Says

Published September 02, 2011 

One person was killed and two were seriously injured Friday afternoon in an explosion at a commercial research plant in Menlo Park, Calif., KNTV reported.

The incident reportedly occurred at 4:15pm local time at the Membrane Technologies and Research (MTR) plant, located in the San Francisco Bay area, when a cylinder filled with methane gas was being moved in the facility.

Emergency crews told KNTV that two people were seriously injured and about a dozen others suffered more minor injuries in the explosion.

There were reports of other workers possibly being trapped in the facility, but no further details were immediately available, KCBS-TV reported.

According to its website, MTR works in the development and production of membrane-based separation systems for the petrochemical, natural gas and refining industries.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2011 at 6:19am

Natural gas explosion and fire damage San Diego County McDonald’s; customers, workers escape

ENCINITAS, Calif. — A natural gas explosion and fire has badly damaged a McDonald’s restaurant in San Diego County, but customers and employees escaped before the blast.

The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/n5Aiqu ) says the explosion at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday caved in the roof of the restaurant in Encinitas, Calif. Damage was put at $500,000 to $700,000.

Encinitas Fire Marshal Robert Scott says kitchen workers smelled natural gas and told customers to leave. Four customers and at least four employees got out safely.

The blast sparked a fire that took about an hour to control. A neighboring optometry business had smoke damage.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 2, 2011 at 6:53am

Man Killed in Home Explosion

Body Found

Macoupin County

CARLINVILLE, IL. (KMOX) - An 87 year old Macoupin County Illinois man was killed in a home explosion early Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say when they arrived they found the one story brick home had been leveled and they discovered the body of Thomas Barnard.

It’s suspected that a natural gas build up caused the explosion.  An investigation is underway.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2011 at 7:02am

Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The site of the fire and explosions at a St. Augustine gas station is now environmentally "stable," according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The BP gas station and Skinner Oil sat on the edge of marshland. Late Friday afternoon, an explosion triggered a massive fire and some evacuations; one person was injured.

According to DEP spokesperson Jennifer Diaz, the gasoline, kerosene and diesel have been removed from the containment and all remaining above ground storage tanks. The tanks are in the process of being cleaned."

PICTURES: Gas Station Fire

The amount of gasoline, kerosene and diesel lost has not yet been released by the responsible parties. According to DEP,  Coomes Oil, which owns the property, Florida Rock and Tank owns the tanker truck.

According to DEP, there was some pooling of the fuel in "small pockets at the marsh edge. From observations near the collection boom located on Masters Drive, only very light sheen was observed with some light weathered fuel as well."

Diaz said the responsible parties hired a contractor to help clean up the site.


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