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 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!
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