There are about 286 serious natural gas explosions per year — the type that cause more than $50,000 worth of damage, loss of life, or severe injury. Since the beginning of April, there have been numerous explosions across the country that have caused serious consequences, including a Georgia boat explosion on Sunday.
Here is a look at some of those:
MAY 9: Georgia boat explosion results in multiple injuries
Authorities confirmed that numerous people were injured – some of them seriously – in a Georgia boat explosion on Lake Lanier.
Game wardens responded at about 2:45 p.m. to the Margaritaville gas dock after receiving reports about a Georgia boat explosion exploded while fueling up, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesperson told WXIA-TV.
A 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and a 39-year-old woman was taken to Grady by ambulance, Hall County Fire Services Division Chief Zachary Bracket told WXIA. He said three other people refused to be taken to a hospital after the Georgia boat explosion.
Brackett said the boat was fully ablaze. In addition, a nearby dock also caught fire. The fires were extinguished.
Officials for the Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office said they were investigating.
MAY 2: Georgia home explosion kills 2 in massive blast
Union County, Georgia
Two people were killed in a Sunday morning house explosion near Blairsville.
TV stations in Georgia and South Carolina reported that neighbors said the blast occurred at about 8 a.m.
A spokesman for the Georgia fire marshal confirmed that two people died.
WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina, said neighbors reported feeling the blast 25 miles away. Union County officials told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the home was destroyed and other homes nearby were damaged.
APRIL 14: Seligman ranch explosion kills 1; still unidentified
Authorities have not yet released the identity of a body found after an explosion and fire at a ranch near Seligman.
Coconino County Sheriff’s officials said deputies responded to a report of an explosion north of Seligman on the Boquillas Ranch around 3 p.m. April 10. They said a house was engulfed in flames and a ranch staff member’s vehicle was parked near a porch.
Human remains were found in the burned structure, and detectives later processed the scene, according to sheriff’s officials.
The causes of the fire and death are being investigated by sheriff’s investigators and the county medical examiner.
APRIL 12: Los Angeles explosion sends man to hospital
Equipment from a marijuana farm in a Los Angeles home’s garage might have caused an explosion that shattered the structures, trapping one man in the debris and sending another to the hospital with critical burn injuries.
More than 12 nearby homes were evacuated after the explosion in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood. At least seven houses sustained damage from debris, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
Firefighters could smell natural gas in the air when they responded, although they did not find any flames, the department said. The blast likely was caused by a natural gas leak, which firefighters were able to stop.
Authorities said an inspection of the wreckage found evidence of a marijuana farm.
It’s unclear what materials caused the explosion but Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey told the LA Times it might have been fertilizer, chemical stimulants or cleaning products. Humphrey said it has not been confirmed if the operation was legal.
Firefighters discovered a 59-year-old man with critical burn injuries outside the home.
Firefighters were in shoulder-deep debris when they said they heard a tapping sound and found a 46-year-old man buried in the wreckage. They were able to cut him out with a chain saw, and he was conscious and alert when taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The other residents of the home — a man, a woman, and three children — were not injured. A woman from a neighboring home was evaluated for injuries but declined to go to a hospital.
The Los Angeles Police Department was taking the lead in the investigation of what caused the blast, the statement said.
APRIL 12: Michigan house explosion injures 8, destroys house
An explosion that possibly was caused by a natural gas leak injured eight people and destroyed a house in southern Michigan. All the injured were taken to hospitals; three were released.
The explosion and fire occurred in Marshall, 15 miles east of Battle Creek. There were at least two children in the house.
“I’ve got to be honest: It was miraculous that all of them were able to get out,” Fire Chief Martin Esrkine said.
The preliminary cause appeared to be a gas leak, he said. The house was being renovated.
A neighbor, Patti Bischoff, said loud noises caused her to believe that something had crashed through her window. “It was like looking into a dollhouse,” she said. “It was opened right up. … It was like an inferno. Like a tinder box.”
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