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Oklahoma Natural Gas workers investigated a leak for about an hour before explosion

NEWSOK -- Oklahoma Natural Gas workers were investigating a leak for about an hour on Jan. 3 before a massive explosion destroyed a home with a blast heard for miles.

Two workers looking for a leak in a medium-pressure line feeding residences near SW 92 and S Villa were right outside the home before it exploded, and witnesses said the force blew them away from where they'd been working.
Right after the blast, the workers ran around the home that was then on fire, pulling its owner, Kate Purcell, 61, from the rear of the house.

“That they weren't hurt is remarkable,” neighbor James Bowman said.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:08:00 PM

wonder if they found something before the explosion. If so, will it be swept under the rug like BP, Exxon and other incidents?
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Bearcat500
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:41:13 AM

OK
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:00:20 AM

The danger of living next to a pipeline. Could have ended w/ loss of lives.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 3:57:46 PM

OK...
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 3:29:06 PM

Another reason I do not use natural gas.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 3:10:45 PM

Yikes!
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2:19:07 AM

Oklahoma Natural Gas workers investigated a leak for about an hour before explosion. When looking for a gas leak, you don't know where the leak is at, if the gas is dissipating or collecting in an area. If the gas is collecting and there is an ingnition source nearby, then watch out it's time to get out of Dodge! FAST! Always use a portable personal gas and oxygen meter to detect possible explosive gases in the work area and act accordingly. Natural Gas leaks can act like putting gasoline on briquets to start a BBQ.
Thanks to the gas company workers that got the home owner out of the house without further injury or death.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 1:16:03 AM

N.G. has ALWAYS BEEN UNSAFE .....

WHERE WILL THE NEXT NG DISASTER BE ??????????
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JuicyQ69
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 12:42:01 AM

Yikes!
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 12:06:25 AM

It was pretty bad!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:09:45 PM

Very easy for this to happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:08:04 PM

OOPS!
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indyjim
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:06:44 PM

somebody was asleep at the switch.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:05:25 PM

Been hear....read that....before. M
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:05:04 PM

ok.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:04:14 PM

Old News!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:03:42 PM

Too bad about that!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:03:04 PM

They didn't start investigating soon enough.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:02:19 PM

Why weren't the homes evacuated?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:01:42 PM

lets investigate until it blows
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:57:48 PM

yikes
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:57:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:57:26 PM

Oops.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:57:07 PM

Glad no one was hurt.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:53:42 PM

Looks like they were a little slow in finding the leak. Lucky to be alive!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:50:52 PM

Well, it was a medium pressure gas line that caused the explosion. But you are right, all three were very fortunate.

I have seen a high pressure interstate line explosion once. Any of you, I think would be amazed at a description of what I saw. I had no realization that a line like that could cause the explosion I saw with my own eyes; and I really thought it was something much different than a gas line explosion. Fortunately it was in a very large field out in west Texas and I was more than 130 miles away when I saw it, Yes!

[Edited by: jimpricehunter at 1/12/2013 11:52:58 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:50:31 PM

Good job guys!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:44 PM

Good rescue guys.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:37 PM

Not the brightest of people.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:25 PM

Strange, it takes exactly 15 per cent NG with air to do that, If the smell isn't enough before you light that cigerette, or the gas finds a pilot light.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:07 PM

Not hurt, good...
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:01 PM

This could have been worse
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:44:55 PM

I once saw gas workers looking for a leaking natural gas line while one of them was smoking. They were lucky they didn't blow themselves up!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:39:50 PM

Thank God they survived.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:36:52 PM

WoW, it's amazing that she survived
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:36:18 PM

Thank goodness no one was hurt
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:34:33 PM

Just have to be more careful
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:32:30 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:32:10 PM

sad
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:26:14 PM

Gas can be dangerous if you're not careful with it.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:26:09 PM

For those talking about putting natural gas "bombs" in their garage, why not? As a firefighter I can say I've responded to at least 3 gasoline car fires in garages/car ports in 12 years but no natural gas or propane explosions/fires in a house yet. The statistics say your gasoline bomb that makes those huge movie set explosions should concern you more.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:21:50 PM

tough one
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Good they checked it out before...BOOM!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:19:55 PM

NG is only dangerous when it leaks.

Is there a "leak proof" container?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:18:52 PM

ok.
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Interesting
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Thank god no one got hurt!
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glad no injuries
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:10:09 PM

And they are planning on putting more portable bombs (cars/trucks that use natural gas for fuel) in garages???
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:09:52 PM

wow. could have been worse
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