Gas explosions typically occur because of leaking pipes or hoses, and with defective valves and connectors. These kinds of explosions also can occur because of improper installation and poor maintenance.
A gas pipeline explosion can occur because pipelines become rusted and corroded, especially around connections and seals. Gas pipelines often are poorly maintained and monitored.
Damage also can be caused by construction or maintenance crews. There is specific equipment to monitor pipelines, but if that equipment is not sophisticated enough for the type of pipeline, it might not discover cracks, corrosion, or other leaks.
Georgia boat explosion: Two teenagers among injured
Officials said two teenagers were among the six people injured Sunday after a Georgia boat explosion on Lake Lanier, about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.
The Georgia boat explosion happened as the boat was refueling at the gas docks at the Port of Indecision, a DNR spokesman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The boat was fully ablaze when first responders arrived.
Holton house explosion: One killed, another injured
Kansas authorities said they are continuing to investigate the cause of a Holton house explosion Monday.
One man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in the Holton house explosion at Q4 and 270th Road, just northeast of Jackson Heights High School.
Tim Morse, the Jackson County sheriff, said the Holton house explosion was so strong, people several miles away reported feeling it a little after 6:00 p.m. Monday.
The explosion sparked a fire, which raged for about 4 hours, keeping firefighting crews on the scene until after 10 p.m.
Photos from the Holton house explosion what appeared to be a foundation, and Morse said a house was located there. Morse said the man was pronounced dead at the scene; the woman was taken by air ambulance for treatment of serious burns.
Natural gas is one possibility, Morse said, but added that authorities were continuing to gather information on the Holton house explosion.
Pompano Beach explosion: One killed, another injured
The Pompano Beach explosion occurred in the 1400 block of Atlantic Boulevard. The area surrounding the shopping plaza was evacuated as a precaution.
A spokesperson for Pompano Beach Fire Rescue said the department received a call about a gas leak several days before the Pompano Beach explosion, but rescue workers were able to cap the pipe and stop the leak.
One person was hospitalized with burns.
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