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House Explosion (by Roy [AL]) Aug 11, 2022 9:08 AM
       House Explosion (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Aug 11, 2022 9:38 AM
       House Explosion (by David [MI]) Aug 11, 2022 9:39 AM
       House Explosion (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 11, 2022 10:19 AM
       House Explosion (by David [MI]) Aug 11, 2022 10:38 AM
       House Explosion (by Ken [NY]) Aug 11, 2022 10:56 AM
       House Explosion (by RB [TN]) Aug 11, 2022 11:18 AM
       House Explosion (by Roy [AL]) Aug 11, 2022 11:45 AM
       House Explosion (by S i d [MO]) Aug 11, 2022 11:54 AM
       House Explosion (by David [MI]) Aug 11, 2022 12:01 PM
       House Explosion (by Allym [NJ]) Aug 11, 2022 1:51 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
       House Explosion (by del [MD]) Aug 11, 2022 1:54 PM
       House Explosion (by Mike45 [NV]) Aug 11, 2022 5:49 PM
       House Explosion (by Nicole [PA]) Aug 11, 2022 6:10 PM
       House Explosion (by Larry [MN]) Aug 11, 2022 8:40 PM
       House Explosion (by tryan [MA]) Aug 12, 2022 8:18 AM
       House Explosion (by Busy [WI]) Aug 12, 2022 10:16 AM

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House Explosion (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 9:08 AM
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Yesterday in Evansville, IN, a house exploded that made the national news. I know these type of things are rare but they do happen and they are usually blamed on some type of gas leak in the house. Plus, three occupants were killed in this explosion which prompts my question,...how could that much gas accumulate inside this house without the occupants knowing about it? Gas leaking inside a house actually smells like rotten eggs and I wondering why those 3 people did not notice all of the gas in the house before someone probably lit a cigarette?

I have several rental houses with gas heat. Makes me wonder about the likelihood one could actually explode like a bomb. --71.207.xxx.x




House Explosion (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 9:38 AM
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Natural gas or propane explosions are very rare where it could been possible a illegal drug lab. Natural gas once did not have a oder where that was put in so people could tell of a gas leak. --68.69.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by David [MI]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 9:39 AM
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of course, it is always possible that you have a crazy tenant off his rocker who messes with the gas line.

But gas heating has been used here in MI since the 1950s . So if you are insured , i would not worry about anything --50.4.xxx.x




House Explosion (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 10:19 AM
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As a contractor and licensed plumber, I've found situations where the gas leak smell was confined to closed off area's and when the gas level was high enough to cause an explosion, it was too late to detect the presence of gas.

One example a kitchen was remodeled by a contractor that ran the gas line from one area to the relocated oven/stove thru the attic. The plumber didn't or forgot to use pipe sealing compound on a fitting and the leak over a weekend finally allowed someone (me) to notice when I stuck my head in the attic.

I cut off the Gas and Power to the property and called the fire department. I made everyone walk around the house unit the firemen came. Had someone come into the house and flipped on a light switch and it sparked, then it could have set off the gas. --47.156.xx.xx




House Explosion (by David [MI]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 10:38 AM
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During a turnover, I noticed an old gas valve that was no longer used (it was originally for copper line to gas dryer, that was supplanted by black steel pipe). I put a cap on it but didn't bother sealing it.

well, the new tenant tried the stove, the burners didn't immediately light because the stove hadn't been used in a couple months. So instead of waiting and trying again, the tenant went in the basement, saw the valve (that was capped and not connected to anything) and decided to turn it on. Thankfully they turned it off when they smelled the gas and called me

sigh --50.4.xxx.x




House Explosion (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 10:56 AM
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6-7 years ago a guy was lighting a gas furnace an hour away from me and it exploded and took out the house and both houses on either side,i just happened to drive by a week later and it was amazing. --74.77.xx.xx




House Explosion (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 11:18 AM
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Brings demo-ing a house to a whole new level. --24.183.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 11:45 AM
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David said "So if you are insured , I would not worry about anything".

Does loss of life mean anything to you??? Or is just who pays at the end of day? Since more than one house was destroyed yesterday, that explosion could have easily killed 20 people! --71.207.xxx.x




House Explosion (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 11:54 AM
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Ever hung out with smokers before? Their sense of smell is often dulled.

Or, with the legalization of weed across much of the country, the odor of gas could be undetected when someone has a few lit roaches creating that overpowering sweaty/sweet aroma one finds at Grateful Dead (and most other) concerts.

Or they could've just been drunk or stoned off their minds.

Or the house could have been a hoarder's paradise and the odor of rotten trash accumulated to where the stinky egg smell was passed over as just another smell from their "treasures."

Any number of reasons people can't or don't smell something and/or fail to react to it. With 360 million people, weird stuff happens occasionally. --184.4.xx.xx




House Explosion (by David [MI]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 12:01 PM
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Nothing's guaranteed in life except death and taxes.

It would be prohibitable expensive to build houses such that no one would ever die --50.4.xxx.x




House Explosion (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:51 PM
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Gas company was working in a pricey neighborhood about a mile from here and struck a pipe releasing gas into the soil which then traveled along the "outside of the underground pipes" and went into the basements of a few homes. The owners then detonated the gas by just turning a switch or whatever. A very nice little woman died. She was in her kitchen and turned something on and it blew her throught the roof and then found her burnt body on her car outside. So it was coming in along her gas and sewer pipes and filling up the basement without her knowing it. It may have been early in the year and her heater came on. Something to fear. Gas flowing along the outside of a pipe under the dirt. --71.188.xx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
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Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
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Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
Message:

Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
Message:

Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
Message:

Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:53 PM
Message:

Natural gas is lighter than air, propane is heavier and can pool in low spots.

You can have a basement full of propane and not know it.

We had a local Mensa member who was running a propane dryer off a 100 pound tank he dragged into the basement. Mensa man used rubber fuel line to carry the propane. The line leaked. He lived, the house was totaled.

--96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by del [MD]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 1:54 PM
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Sorry for extra posts. Mod please delete if you want. --96.234.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 5:49 PM
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Roy, three people killed? How horrible!

I know that some people no longer have much of a sense of smell due to Wuhan virus. Sid, add that to your list of reasons why the added odor to natural gas might be missed. --76.4.xxx.xxx




House Explosion (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 6:10 PM
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This happens every few years in the general region I live in. When it happens "in town", it's usually the better part of an entire city block that ends up being demo'ed because the shock disrupts foundations up and down the street.

It's now always lower end units or tenants. Happens I'd guess equally with newer homeowner occupied properties and tenant occupied properties. --98.237.xxx.xx




House Explosion (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 8:40 PM
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We just had a house explosion in a Minneapolis suburb. A married couple in their 80s were killed. Turns out he had replaced his water heater himself. Speculation is he also had to disconnect the dryer gas line and didn't reconnect it.

It was in the basement and I suppose if they were upstairs they didn't smell it. Also some elderly have a poor sense of smell. --68.46.xx.xxx




House Explosion (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 8:18 AM
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Had a contractor CUT into a propane line. It was only a 200 gallon tank....which they thought was empty By the time it drained there was an ICE formation on the tank.

They all just stood back and watched. He knew if he called the FD he'ld loose his license --206.84.xx.xxx




House Explosion (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 10:16 AM
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Sinus/allergy is another reason for loss of sense of smell. And, that can be funny. My grandkids and I have been studying smells of different plants this summer as one of our activities. When my allergies are up, I cannot discern walnut leaves, nor spicebush, both very distinctly scented plants. But, I can still smell baby's diapers! Lol!

And, if the gas leak started slowly, occupants could have become 'nose-blind,' just as us pet lovers don't even notice smelly old hound dogs. ( guilty!)

Faulty electrical wiring was listed as top cause of house fires in one article I'd read about an uptick in house fires in my city. Surprised me, as I had seen more news articles about unattended candles. Or, at least that is what stuck in my memory.

That the explosion made national news is likely more because of the rarity of theses events. Just like the unattended candle fires got more press than electrical fires, even though electrical fires are more common.

Up here, overwhelming majority of home are heated with natural gas. Stoves and dryers are more split, generally as some people are concerned about gas. Me? I try to make the house and landscape energy-efficient, so less heating and cooling is needed, no matter the source. --70.92.xxx.xxx



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