California Gas Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured
On Friday one person was killed and three others were injured after a natural gas line in California ruptured. The accident occurred when farming equipment ruptured the pipe, triggering the blaze.
Details Of the Gas Explosion
The Kern County Fire Department says the ruptured line, owned by the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., ignited a 200-foot fire deep underground near the city of Bakersfield.
According to Reuters, the operator of the farming equipment was the only fatality, but three other people at the scene suffered injuries and were hospitalized.
Fire crews evacuated nearby homes and business while fire crews gained control of the blaze.
The Pacific Gas and Electric gas line involved in the accident has since been shut down.
Natural Gas Accident Statistics
According the Pipeline and Hazard Safety Administration (PHMSA):
- There have been 10,844 reported pipeline incidents since 1995.
- Since 1995 there have been 371 deaths, 1,395 injuries, and $6,388,143, 200 in property damage.
- In 2014, there were 702 incidents, 19 deaths, and 96 reported injuries.