Three Main Types of Natural Gas Explosions

Last updated on: April 9, 2015


In terms of physics, all natural gas explosions occur in fundamentally the same way. Nevertheless, natural gas explosions can be classified into three main types because of the circumstances leading up to the accident.

If you have been injured in a natural gas explosion (or, perhaps, if a close relative of yours was killed in such an explosion), you need the services of a skilled attorney because you may be entitled to recover damages.

Mistaken Pipeline Location

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) heavily regulates the natural gas industry. Construction companies are required to determine the location of any nearby gas pipelines before they begin digging.

Unfortunately, some construction companies fail to properly determine the location of pipelines. When excavation causes a pipeline to rupture, an explosion is often the result. In other cases, it is not the construction company but the gas company that is at fault for supplying the construction company with inaccurate information.

Home Appliance Failure

Because hundreds of millions of Americans live in homes with gas-powered appliances, failure of home appliances is one of the most common causes of natural gas explosions. Gas-powered home appliances include some water heaters, air conditioners and ovens. Pipes may crack, or a pilot light may go out, resulting in a gas leak.

When the concentration of gas in the atmosphere or the room reaches a certain level, the only additional factor that is required to cause an explosion is a spark. The blame for this kind of explosion may lie with a product manufacturer, a service technician who negligently installed or repaired the appliance or a part such as a gas valve, or the homeowner or landlord for improper maintenance.

Undetected Gas Leak

Natural gas is colorless and odorless, making it difficult to detect a leak. For this reason, safety regulations require that an odorant be added, giving the gas a “rotten egg” smell that can easily be recognized in the event of a leak. In some case, new pipes absorb this odorant, allowing a leak to go unnoticed and an explosion to eventually occur. This is a common cause of natural gas explosions, the root of which can be traced to the construction of a new building (although an explosion may not occur until later).

Obviously, the root cause of a natural gas explosion can be difficult to uncover and proving the liability of the culpable party can be a tough job. In a construction site explosion, for example, it might not be immediately obvious whether the construction company or the gas company is at fault, or whether these two parties should share liability. Other causes for natural gas explosions might make it even more difficult to identify the culpable party and prove liability.

Call Zinda Law Group Now

If you or your loved one has been injured in a natural gas explosion, the cause of the accident might be more than just bad luck. In fact, you may need an attorney to determine if the accident was someone else’s fault, and if so, how much compensation you are entitled to receive.

Your choice of attorney is important, because it could determine the amount of your settlement or make the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit. Zinda Law Group is a respected personal injury law firm that has been approved by the Better Business Bureau®.

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will skillfully negotiate with the responsible parties, and aggressively confront them if necessary, to win you the compensation you deserve. Call us immediately at 800-863-5312 for a free initial consultation.

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As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

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