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April 08, 2015

G is for Gas Explosion


My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.

Today’s disaster is...
GAS EXPLOSIONS

GAS EXPLOSIONS are the result of gas leaks in close proximity to ignition sources. Gases like natural gas, methane, propane, and butane are commonly used to heat houses and buildings, which increases the risk of leaks and explosions.

Gas explosions can also happen in mines and even sewer systems. Basically anywhere that gas pipelines are located.

FACT: The deadliest railway accident in Russian and Soviet history happened when a leaking natural gas pipeline exploded from the sparks created by two passenger trains passing each other. 575 people were killed and over 800 were injured.

In September 2014, a series of underground gas explosions tore apart a main road in Taiwan. The explosions were so powerful that vehicles and people launched into the air. A car was found on the roof of a three-story building, and two people were blown to the roof of a four-story building.


Disaster Crimes Tidbit: Earthquakes can cause damage to gas pipelines, resulting in leaks...so of course there’s a gas explosion in my sequel to Hurricane Crimes and it’s a thrilling scene involving one of my characters, but I’m not going to reveal whether it’s Beth or Donovan in that blast. Sorry!



Disasters:
D: Drought and Dust Storm
E: Earthquake
F: Flood
G: Gas Explosion


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111 comments:

nashvillecats2 said...

We don't have gas where I live thank goodness, It must be awful to be involved in one.. Well written with pictures to match.
Yvonne.

Rhonda Albom said...

A Gas Explosion is the disaster that scares me the most so far.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

What horrible tragedies. :( Our town will soon be installing underground pipeline for natural gas. It kind of freaks me out. #sighs...

Cherdo said...

Gas in general is scary.

I used to work at a nursing facility; the parent company owned several. When our CEO and his wife went on vacation, her mom stayed with the children. They returned to find that all had perished from some kind of problem with the heating that filled the house with carbon dioxide.

The renamed one of the facilitys as a "memorial" and I always thought it was the saddest thing in the world.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Yeah, those explosions can be downright frightening! Especially since they can happen almost anywhere or at anytime! I remember one happened underneath an old church close to where we used to live in Wisconsin.

Unknown said...

Gas explosions are especially freaky, just like everything else we can't control!

Chrys Fey said...

Fire is one of my fears, so the thought of this is equally frightening.

Chrys Fey said...

Maybe that's because it's not a natural disaster, but a manmade one?

Chrys Fey said...

Underground pipelines are ideal for many reasons, but after writing this post...I can understand why it freaks you out.

Chrys Fey said...

It is.

Oh my goodness! That is terribly sad! :(

Chrys Fey said...

You're right. So far, it sounds like everyone is mostly scared of this disaster...one that is not caused by nature.

Chrys Fey said...

They are. Anything can go wrong with a pipeline or gas tank, etc.

Anonymous said...

I feel like there was one on the outskirts of town a couple years back. We could hear it from where we were..

Tamara Narayan said...

I haven't had any direct experience with this disaster and I'm crossing my fingers that I never do. This one is terrifying.

Liz Blocker said...

Yeah, this one scares me. So many of the other disasters feel somehow farther away, but NOT this guy. Yikes!

Trisha said...

Gas explosions = NOT FUN!

They sure can be super deadly.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I was watching a news clip of a tornado in Oklahoma. It looked like it caused a few gas explosions, which seemed to do more damage than the tornado itself!

diedre Knight said...

I have a healthy respect for fire; having lost a home to one. Since fires seem to almost always accompany explosions I'm one of those who runs first, asks questions later!

Julie Flanders said...

Yikes I agree with others, this is the scariest one yet. Wow how scary.

Carrie-Anne said...

When I think about gas explosions, I'm reminded of the amazingly true story of every member of a church choir being away from the disaster in 1950. It would seem like an urban legend, but it's not:

http://www.snopes.com/luck/choir.asp

Chrys Fey said...

Just hearing one is pretty scary.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm crossing my fingers for the both of us that we never do.

Chrys Fey said...

This one seems to scare a lot more people.

Chrys Fey said...

They sure can be.

Chrys Fey said...

Tornadoes do damage in one specific area, but an explosion could cause damage for miles if it's a really big one.

Chrys Fey said...

So do I. I almost lost my childhood home to a brush fire started by an arson.

Chrys Fey said...

That's interesting. I might have to do a poll at the end of this challenge.

Chrys Fey said...

Wow! I'll have to read about that. Thanks for the link, Carrie-Anne!

Christine Rains said...

It's frightening to think of how many gas lines run under our cities. I hope they have excellent maintenance!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

In my writer's mind, I see these explosions on the news and I wonder...did someone just off a mole and call it an accidental explosion? Yep, the writer sees a conspiracy behind every report.

jaybird said...

Just the other day a house blew up about ten miles away from my home, due to gas line. We felt the impact and heard the explosion all the way at my house. It felt like someone drove into our house with a tractor trailer. I can not even imagine being close to where it really happened!! It was super scary.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Those two gas explosions sound terrible - such devastation. We do seem to be able to create unfortunate situations that result in very big bangs, don't we.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

cleemckenzie said...

I can only imagine how that must be like. We had a terrible one in northern CA a few years ago. It blew up so many homes. There's still litigation going on with PG&E.

Sarah Foster said...

Yikes! That's definitely a scary disaster.

Lisa Thomson said...

Another freaky disaster risk. I think it's the fact that they're unpredictable and no one can really plan for a gas explosion, that makes it even scarier. I'm very curious about what happens in Hurricane Crimes. Nice suspense, Chrys!

Michelle Wallace said...

The Russian railway disaster is typical of a real freak accident.
The unpredictability of a gas explosion is extra scary. At least you have ample warning before the avalanche, blizzard, cyclone, drought & earthquake hits!

Pat Hatt said...

That had a leaky gas line here a few months back a evacuated everyone. Thankfully nothing went boom

Jeffrey Scott said...

Explosions! Now we're talking!
On the serious side though, I have a friend who lives in Mexico. She was actually just caught in an explosion caused by a gas leak in her house. I don't know how explody the explosion actually was, but she called it an explosion. She's got no eyebrows as proof, so I don't know how that actually works.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

We had a threat of a gas explosion at the end of our street not that long ago. A company had improperly stored diesel fuel, which led to several explosions, and firemen evacuated us. I had to convince my bf to leave, as he was convinced nothing would happen. As it turned out, he was right, but it was very scary.

The fireman told us our entire street could have been wiped out by a fireball. Good times!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Explosions are scary because of the damage they can do, especially to the human body. There's both blunt force trauma and burns.

Anonymous said...

Only gas explosions I've seen have been hubby making them in GTA games.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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Nilanjana Bose said...

Sometimes man made disasters can be even scarier than natural ones!

Best,
Nilanjana

Mary Kirkland said...

I've never been around a big gas explosion. But there sure have been some big ones over the years.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Yikes! On the roof of a third story building?!? Now I know why earthquake-laden California makes us install gas shut-off valves.

Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. the thought of a gas explosion after some other disaster makes me cringe with horror... not something I want to experience ..

Cheers Hilary

Lidy said...

Now that is scary. I've only seen news stories about gas explosions but never experienced one.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope they do too!

Chrys Fey said...

I would probably think the same thing. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Oh my goodness! That's scary. Especially when it happens so close.

Chrys Fey said...

We sure do.

Chrys Fey said...

That's terrible.

Chrys Fey said...

I second that.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree. Oh, the gas explosion happens in the sequel. It's an exciting scene.

Chrys Fey said...

Well, earthquakes can't be predicted. An an avalanche can happen suddenly too. But yes, the gas explosion is the one that can happen anytime, anywhere.

Chrys Fey said...

That's good. We don't want anything to go boom.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! I should have known that the guys would like the explosions. ;)

Oh no! I hope she's okay!

Chrys Fey said...

Improperly stored diesel fuel? Morons! Gosh, that could've turned out to be real devastation. Glad everything turned out okay!

Chrys Fey said...

You're right about that. The injuries are limitless.

Chrys Fey said...

And I hope those are the only ones you ever see.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree, Nilanjana.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Well, she's okay but she has to look for a new place because she can't stay there. She also said she singed 20% of her hair. How she came up with that number is beyond me. She's in good spirits, so things seem to be fine for now. Just very exciting there for a bit.

Chrys Fey said...

There have. I see them on the news all the time.

Chrys Fey said...

Smart. Very smart.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you never do, Hilary.

Chrys Fey said...

Same here, Lidy. I hope I never do experience one.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad she's okay, but I'm sorry that she has to find a new place. Maybe the doctors/medics she saw gave her those numbers. It's very good that her spirits are high. After something like this, most other people would be depressed and devastated. I hope everything turns out well for her.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Seems like there are gas explosions a lot. Makes me glad I live way out in the country.

J E Oneil said...

Boy, gas explosions are scary. I'm glad I've never seen one.

E. Arroyo said...

Very dangerous.

Jay Noel said...

A massive gas explosion after an earthquake terrifies me, since we have the New Madrid Faultlline just south of us. That would be horrible. And yes, I'm one of the paranoid neighbors who sniffs for gas whenever I go outside.

D.G. Hudson said...

Gas explosions are scary. I lived in a house once where one of the guys also living there came inside, took off the cap of the gas tank of his chain saw near the furnace and caused a small explosion of fire. The furnace was drawn to the fumes of the gasoline and he was several feet away. I know this is a different type of gas, but still. . .

Liz A. said...

That's a scary one. And gas leaks seem to always be the cover stories when other otherworldly problems arise...

Shell Flower said...

There have been some pretty dramatic gas explosions recently. Smart of you to point out that they often fall on the heels of earthquakes. Nice tidbit about your book, too!

sage said...

You don't have to have a gas line to have a gas explosion in a mine (or in other such places that gas is naturally generated). Natural gas is odorless so you don't even smell it--they put the sulfur smell into the gas so people will be aware of a leak.

Unknown said...

How unfortunate about the train accident. What are the chances that that would happen?

Stephen Tremp said...

Now those are disasters! Incredible a car could be thrown that high and that far.

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Hi Chrys,
Yet another terrifying post.
Well created, Keep writing
Thanks for dropping by.
Best Regards
~ Philip Ariel

betty said...

I have to admit when hubby is getting gas for the car, I wonder if things will explode.

betty

Sandra Wilkes said...

Me either, thank goodness. Scary.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Okay - skipping past to the comment section. I have gas heat and cooking, so this is a bit too scary and close to home. Ooh!

Nick Wilford said...

Yikes! We have a gas hob that you have to light a match to spark up - every time I do that I worry it could explode. This is definitely one of the scarier disasters.

Tammy Theriault said...

Wow. Terrible! It's such a frightening thing!

Unknown said...

I've had patients involved in gas explosions in their homes and it is usually deadly as fire is always involved. Most times, they are trying to light up the gas cookeR, not knowing there's been a leak. Sad part, they rarely survive, the dehydration is was kills many of them.

Unknown said...

When they built the subway in LA they had to be careful around the La Brea tar pits. The sulfur gas underground was extremely dangerous. Now certain parts of the subway smell like rotton eggs ;)

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Chrys Fey said...

That's good!

Chrys Fey said...

Neither have I.

Chrys Fey said...

You can say that again!

Chrys Fey said...

I think I'd be paranoid too.

Chrys Fey said...

Gas explosions are still gas explosions and still scary.

Chrys Fey said...

They do seem to go hand in hand...

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Shell!

Chrys Fey said...

That's true. I was just reporting what I learned in my research. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm not sure the chances of that happening. Or happening again. Hopefully it never does.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Philip.

Chrys Fey said...

Oh dear! There have been explosions at gas stations...

Chrys Fey said...

Uh oh! Sorry about that, Dixie.

Chrys Fey said...

When I visited my dad in Michigan, he had the same thing and I was afraid of an explosion too.

Chrys Fey said...

It is.

Chrys Fey said...

The injuries caused my explosions of horrific. It is terrible and heart wrenching.

Chrys Fey said...

Ew! And no one likes the smell of rotten eggs.

Unknown said...

I have heard of gas explosions being more common in India where carelessness sometimes leads accidents even at home :(

Unknown said...

Scary! Yikes!

Chrys Fey said...

That's very unfortunate. :(

Chrys Fey said...

You can say that again!

Birgit said...

My hubby worked in the oil fields for 23 years and they had to be very careful about this. I guess the biggest explosion was in Halifax in 1917 when 2 ships collided. One did have munitions on board so maybe it doesn't count but it was stronger than the H bomb

Chrys Fey said...

Stronger than the H bomb? Holy cow! That's intense.

Michelle Wallace said...

I think I was thinking along the line of tremors/rumbles before a big quake... isn't there some sort of warning sign?

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, I understand now. Sometimes you might feel a little tremble just before the real= quake hits in full force. But it's usually only long enough for you to say, "What was that?"

Bevimus said...

Frightening stuff- thankfully nothing I've ever encountered.

Chrys Fey said...

That's good.