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Gas Explosions and Fires

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by knh555, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    In the last hour, our town and the neighboring two towns have had 1 house explode and at least 50 fires due to gas line problems. I'm hearing different facts from different sources, as might be expected. We have no gas smell in our house but have shut the gas off as a precaution. The problems are on the other end of town, so I think we're OK, but are monitoring the situation.

    https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/09/13/lawrence-fires-explosions-gas-main/
     
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  2. Keith268

    Keith268 Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jul 16, 2016
    Charlotte
    Sorry to hear. Prayers for all.
     
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  3. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Yikes. Sadly, not that uncommon in may areas.
     
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  4. roger@pennyflic

    roger@pennyflic Senior Stratmaster

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    Jul 4, 2013
    melbourne
    Good Luck man.
     
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  5. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Yikes indeed! :eek:
     
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  6. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

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    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Scary, hoping no one was hurt.
    They mentioned "over-pressurized gas lines" in the video report
    and contrasted the random locations of explosions in the area.

    Wonder how the lines became "over-pressurized"...

    and no speculative comments about some musician yearning for new equipment.
     
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  7. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

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    Jan 12, 2016
    Lil' Rhody
    Damn man, I hope no one was hurt or killed.

    Too close for comfort :eek:
     
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Wow. Hopefully there are no injuries as Duck mentioned.
     
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  9. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Strat-O-Master

    766
    Jan 5, 2017
    Almost heaven
    I worked for a meter company, and the gas suppliers have huge compressors but you'd think there would be a regulator somewhere to prevent a run away from blowing out every line they've got. Apparently someone who would think that, would be wrong.
     

  10. nadzab

    nadzab So many guitars, so little time... Strat-Talk Supporter

    It's on the nat'l news now...good luck & be careful.
     
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  11. nutball73

    nutball73 Strat-O-Master

    564
    Nov 12, 2013
    Southern UK
    How does this sort of thing happen in 2018? It's ridiculous.
     
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  12. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    Scary stuff. Hope everyone's OK.
     
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  13. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    I shut the gas off in the house and have evacuated the town with the kids to a relative’s house. The police announced all three towns’ power is being shut off to prevent further fire as the gas lines depressurize.
     
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  14. roger@pennyflic

    roger@pennyflic Senior Stratmaster

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    Jul 4, 2013
    melbourne
    This is the lead story on Melbourne's morning news.
    Sounds serious Kev, be safe.
     
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  15. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Tennessee
    Don't light a match to see if you have a gas leak - seriously be cool .
     
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  16. Lester H

    Lester H Strat-Talker

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    Jun 6, 2018
    Kansas
    Smart thinking. Just a reminder to everyone natural gas in its natural form has no odor or at least not the odor we associate natural gas with. High pressure gas transmission lines do not carry odorized gas. Do not take any chances with electrical equipment or any spark inducing equipment if there is a rupture near your home.
     

  17. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    Thanks Roger. We’re safe.
     
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  18. roger@pennyflic

    roger@pennyflic Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    60
    Jul 4, 2013
    melbourne
    That's interesting. Over here they "add a smell" so we all know when we have left the gas on.
     
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  19. shovelmike

    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2013
    Missouri
    Praying for all of those affected. The rural area where I live has numerous cross country gas lines. A 60 year old line exploded about 20 years ago. Fortunately it was in a pasture about a mile from my house, and just took out a patch of woods. The whole line through here was replaced, the pipe I saw was about 24" diameter with half inch wall thickness, reported to carry 420 psi.
    I can certainly see that she failed pressure regulator would overwhelm local lines.
     
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  20. Lester H

    Lester H Strat-Talker

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    Jun 6, 2018
    Kansas
    Gas becomes odorized here once it reaches the local distribution company, there the pressure is significantly reduced as well. in some cases if a high pressure transmission line is in a high consequence area odorant will be added.
     
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