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Tue Nov 20, 2018, 08:05 PM

Federal investigators pinpoint what caused string of Massachusetts gas explosions

On an afternoon last September, a string of explosions suddenly hit Merrimack Valley, Mass. At least five homes were destroyed and a person was killed. More than 20 others were injured.

Federal investigators say they have now pinpointed what caused the sudden explosions on Sept. 13 a natural gas company field engineer made a major mistake in the plans he developed for construction work that happened earlier that day, resulting in a disastrous chain reaction.

After the incident, authorities immediately suggested it was caused by a problem with the natural gas distribution system, ultimately resulting in damage to some 131 structures.

In the Safety Recommendation Report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, investigators found that on the day of the explosions, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts had been in the process of installing a new plastic distribution main to replace an old cast-iron one.

But, according to the report, the crew abandoned the old main with regulator-sensing lines still in it. The regulator-sensing lines were part of a system that controlled the gas network's pressure.

At: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/16/668612558/federal-investigators-pinpoint-what-caused-string-of-gas-explosions-in-mass?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2045&fbclid=IwAR2tmycM0LcnMb5-QYJkyx7GPXQ1kJN0By55b0OKUewfdc6I1qfmQ0VqiYo

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 08:31 PM

1. Holy...

I totally forgot about that...Im riding the train (your signature line) w my hands over my eyes at this point.

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 09:31 PM

2. I don't blame you.

Big Media sat on this story like Chris Christie on his beach chair.

I hope those poor people can be made whole somehow.

Happy Thanksgiving, Crutchez CuiBono. I always enjoy your posts.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 21, 2018, 03:07 AM

3. Thank you for saying that.

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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