On Monday, in Southern California, a natural gas explosion destroyed a home, injured 15 people and killed a gas company worker. The explosion was reportedly caused by a contractor who hit a gas line after failing to call Southern California Gas to check where gas lines were located.
Firefighters arrived at the home where the line was struck shortly after receiving news of what happened, an hour before the actual explosion. The fire took more than an hour to extinguish. Among the 15 people injured, three were firefighters. Neighbors reported that nearby homes were shaken from the explosion and windows were shattered.
Kevin McKinney, a neighbor whose home was damaged, explained that there was “a huge, huge explosion and then I heard screams and went outside,” where he found a man lying in the street who was taken away in an ambulance.
Source: Pipeline & Gas Journal