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 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...
Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 23, 2022 at 2:58pm

Explosion at gold mining site kills at least 63, injures dozens in West Africa: "Bodies everywhere"

"We have 63 dead and around 40 injured," the public prosecutor in the town of Gaoua, Alpha Compaore, told AFP.  

The blast in the village of Gbomblora was believed to have been caused by chemicals used to treat gold that were stocked at the site.

An explosion near a gold mining site in Burkina Faso killed dozens, the national broadcaster and witnesses reported.REUTERS

State television broadcast video showing bodies covered in sheets on the ground and wounded men at a hospital, Reuters reported.

"I saw bodies everywhere. It was horrible," Sansan Kambou, a forest ranger who was at the site during the explosion, told The Associated Press by phone.

The first blast happened around 2 p.m., with more explosions following as people ran for their lives, he said.

"When we arrived the bodies were scattered, so with the security personnel which came to reinforce, we had to secure the area and use volunteers to evacuate the bodies," Poni Province High Commissioner Antoine Sylvanus Douamba said, according to Reuters. "It was probably caused by explosives but how it happened, for the moment we don't know."

Burkina Faso is the fastest-growing gold producer in Africa and currently the fifth largest on the continent, with gold being the country's most important export. The industry employs about 1.5 million people and was worth about $2 billion in 2019.

The small-scale mines are also reportedly used by jihadis linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State, which have staged attacks in the country since 2016. The groups reportedly raise funds by taxing miners, and also use the mine sites for recruiting fighters and seeking refuge.

Mining experts say the small-scale mines have fewer regulations than industrial ones and thus can be more dangerous.

"The limited regulation of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector contributes to increased risks that can be very dangerous, including the use of explosives which are often smuggled into the country and used illegally," said Marcena Hunter, senior analyst at Global Initiative, a Swiss-based think tank.


Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 1, 2022 at 3:18pm


Winston-Salem fire: Explosion feared at fertilizer plant, thousands of residents urged to evacuate

More than 6,000 residents within a one-mile radius of a Weaver Fertilizer Plant in Winston-Salem are being mandated to evacuate their homes for up to 48 hours after a massive fire at the facility erupted Monday night.

The fire was reported before 7 p.m. in the 4400 block of Cherry Street.

Authorities said Monday night that the fire is a volatile situation with a "fairly high" chance of an explosion.

Battalion Chief Patrick Grubbs, a 15-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Fire Department, shared an update with members of the media early Tuesday.

"We're asking everyone to stay out of this area and evacuate the scene," he said, adding that around 6,000 citizens live in the one-mile radius of the plant.

For residents of Winston-Salem, the evacuation line is not expected to expand at this time.

The Winston-Salem fertilizer plant stores 10 times more ammonium nitrate than there was at the time of the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West Texas in April 2013, according to Mayor Allen Joines.

The blast in Texas nearly a decade ago killed 15 people and wiped out hundreds of homes was caused by a criminal act, investigators determined.

Emergency responders from around the Piedmont Triad, including the Greensboro and Lewisville fire departments, have been called in to help Winston-Salem crews.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation as crews can't get up close to the scene.


  • Emergency officials said air quality is going to be poor Tuesday. People are urged to stay away from any kind of strenuous activity or exercise.
  • Authorities urge people to call 911 only in an emergency.
  • North Hills Elementary School in Winston-Salem is within the evacuation zone and will not be opened Tuesday. North Hills will utilize remote learning as an option today. District officials said all other Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will operate normally, but parents should know that road closures could impact some bus routes and normal travel across the city. People near those areas to be aware buses could be slightly delayed today and that they may need to plan alternative routes to and from school as a precaution.
  • Video posted by the city of Winston-Salem showed towering flames and heavy smoke, and people living within a one-mile radius of the plant were asked to evacuate after the fire reached a rail car holding explosive chemicals.
  • No injuries have been reported from the fire.
  • Firefighters battled the flames two hours before the rail car, which is filled with ammonium nitrate, became impacted, Grubbs said. Since then, all crews have been evacuated.
  • A lone fire engine with no firefighter is spraying water at the scene, and drones are being used to assess the situation multiple times an hour.
  • At least 150 first responders are helping with the fire, including fire, police and emergency management teams. Grubbs did not know how long crews would be on scene but said he wouldn't be leaving "anytime soon."

To alert people to evacuate, Grubbs said firefighters have been going door-to-door all night and driving fire trucks through neighborhoods with loudspeakers to make the announcement.

Evacuees are encouraged to report to the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Residents should be prepared to be away from their homes for up to 36 to 48 hours.


Wake Forest students can go to the Wellbeing Center, Benson University Center and ZSR library. Students can bring a sleeping bag, pillow or blanket to be comfortable, university officials said.

University officials said they are working on long-term plans for those who don't have an alternative place to go.

Classes for Wake Forest students have been canceled for Tuesday.


Authorities evacuated offenders housed at the Forsyth County Correctional Facility overnight due to the fire. It's unclear at this time where the inmates are being transferred.

NBC affiliate WRAL contributed to this report

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 28, 2022 at 3:26pm


Small explosion and chemical release contained at OxyChem Chemical Plant

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jan 27, 2022
and last updated 6:20 PM, Jan 27, 2022

Around 1:30 p.m., there was a fire at the Oxychem Chemical Plant that caused a plume that was visible from outside the plant.

According to Sara Williams, the San Patricio County Emergency Management Coordinator, the fire led to a small explosion, and Oxychem was able to contain the fire on-site with their on-site response team.

Oxychem had their staff and staff of the plant next door, Chemours Ingleside Plant, shelter in place, as is standard protocol since the plants are so close to eachother.

Oxychem is now doing air monitoring to ensure there was not residual chemicals that could harm anybody.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is aware of the explosion and leak, and released this statement to KRIS 6 News:

TCEQ’s Region office in Corpus Christi is aware of this matter and is enroute with air monitoring equipment.

We will conduct an investigation to determine whether any violations have occurred, but for now our focus is on assisting local officials in any immediate response needs they may have.

Shane K. Boyd with OxyChem provided this statement:

This afternoon, the OxyChem Ingleside facility experienced a release at the plant. There were no injuries, the issue was isolated and resolved by employees, and an all-clear has been issued. For OxyChem, protecting the safety, security and health of our workers and neighboring communities is our first priority.


According to Sheriff Oscar Rivera, a fire and chemical release is being contained at the OXY chemical plant in Ingleside.

Rivera says it was part of one of their processing units and they believe the chemical release was chlorine.

Oxy and Chemours personnel are sheltering in place.

No vapor or product is believed to have left their site.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 27, 2022 at 3:09pm


The images coming out of Clinton, Iowa from Wednesday night don't look good. They show a massive explosion that occurred at a chemical plant in the Eastern Iowa town. But fortunately, despite the blast, no one at the facility was injured. And the entire event was caught on camera.

WQAD reports that LyondellBasell officials say that the explosion happened at around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday night. They say that it was caused by an operational event in which one of the plant's low-density reactors made a "loud noise". I'll say. That loud noise also was accompanied by a large fireball.

A resident who lives just outside the city of Clinton also caught the explosion on video on one of his home surveillance cameras. He told WQAD that he'd lived in the area for years and had never seen anything like this. He said that it felt like lightning had struck the entire area.

Plant officials stress that there is no cause for concern in the community and that because safety equipment at the plant worked like it was supposed to, there were no injuries during the explosion. An amazing feat when you watch the video of just how big an explosion it really was. WQAD reports that the fireball could be seen as far away as Illinois.

The Clinton Complex is one of the largest chemical plants in the state of Iowa, covering some 239 acres and employing nearly 400. WQAD reports that the plant uses natural gas as feedstock and then converts it to polyethylene plastic resins.


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