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Gas Explosion Accidents

Investigating Gas Explosion Accidents

Gas explosions are the result of a dangerous mixture of volatile chemicals, high levels or pressure, and a heat source. They can lead to overwhelming amounts of property damage as well as serious injuries, including burn injuries, back injuries and head injuries and even death.

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A GAS LEAK…

In order to understand how a gas explosion occurred, investigators must first determine the source of the leak. Whether the leak is from a common house hold appliance or an underground pipeline, the leak is wear the danger begins.

As the gas is leaked into the air, it begins to mix with other common chemicals, like oxygen and carbon dioxide. Once the gas to air ratio reaches the critical point between the Low Explosion Limit (LEL) and High Explosion Limit (HEL) ,any flame, spark, or sufficient heat source (like a cigarette) can cause the mixture to ignite.

Once ignited, the gas begins to react, rapidly expanding and building pressure until a portion of whatever is confining the gas gives (i.e. a building’s windows). The result of the sudden release of pressure is a loud crash and a violent explosion.

Gas explosions can devastate homes and property and often cause serious injury and death to those near the explosion site.

CAUSES OF GAS EXPLOSIONS

  • Faulty piping
  • Defectively maintained piping
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Damaged meters or regulators
  • Defective control valves or connectors
  • Digging or excavation near an existing pipeline

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