Explosions occur far too frequently in the United States, whether on land or on water.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of one home fire every 88 seconds. Between 2012 and 2016, those fire departments responded to an average of 355,400 home fires per year – fires that resulted in 11,670 civilian injuries, 2,560 civilian deaths, and $6.5 billion in damage.
Meanwhile, in Missouri alone, there have been two boat explosions since mid-June that have injured at least nine people: Saturday on Table Rock Lake, and June 15 on Lake of the Ozarks.
Here is a look at two recent explosions, one involving a home and one on a boat:
Murrieta home explosion
kills one, injures 15
From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Rancho Cucamonga, California: A Murrieta home explosion Monday killed a gas company employee and destroyed a home in a powerful blast that rocked the area. Murrieta is a city of more than 100,000 about 70 miles north of San Diego in Riverside County.
Murrieta home explosion:
Debris strewn everywhere
Debris from the Murrieta home explosion was strewn across Spinning Wheel Drive and Wooden Horse Trail, in front of the lot where the home once sat. A garage door panel lay crumpled on the street as shattered windows were visible at homes along the street.
“On behalf of Murrieta Fire and Rescue and the city of Murrieta, we’d like to offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victim,” Murrieta Fire and Rescue spokesperson Dawn Morrison said during a news conference Monday evening.
One SoCalGas company employee was killed in the explosion, spokesperson Christine Detz said in a statement. A second SoCalGas employee was injured, along with 14 others.
Murrieta home explosion:
Three firefighters hurt
David Lantzer, deputy fire chief with the Murrieta Fire and Rescue Department, said three of the 15 people who were injured were firefighters; all three of them were taken to hospitals for evaluation. No further details about their conditions was released.
During the Monday evening news conference, Lantzer said that all residents had been accounted for.
The explosion shut down Clinton Keith Road, from Nutmeg Street to Carrington Street, for hours. It re-opened by about 8 p.m.
Shell Knob boat explosion
occurred during fueling
From WDAF-TV, Kansas City: At least four people were injured when a boat exploded at Table Rock Lake near Shell Knob, Missouri, just west of Branson. (Some reports stated that five people were hurt in the explosion.)
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the explosion occurred at about 1 p.m. Saturday when the driver turned the key to start the vessel after fueling it at King’s River Marina.
The driver and three passengers were taken to Mercy Hospital Springfield, two of them with moderate injuries and two with minor injuries. The four victims range in age from 55 to 63.
The explosion comes as the 1-year anniversary approaches of the deadly sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake. The July 19, 2018, tragedy left 17 people dead in the Branson area.
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