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Neighbors Smell Gas, Then Explosion Destroys 2 NJ Homes

Not clear whether anyone was injured in blast

(Newser) - Two New Jersey houses have been destroyed in an explosion that occurred after neighbors reported the smell of gas and firefighters arrived to investigate, the AP reports. It's not yet clear if anyone was injured in the Tuesday morning blast in Paterson. Councilman Andre Sayegh says residents had notified... More »

Southeast Braces for Gas-Price Spike

Thanks to major spill that shut down part of Texas-to-NY pipeline

(Newser) - In what's being called a supply "red alert," a part of the Colonial Pipeline that transports gas from Houston to New York—serving about 50 million people in 13 states daily, per CNN and the Wall Street Journal —has been shut down since Sept. 9, when... More »

Burger King Workers Wreck the Place After Prank Call …Again

There probably isn't gas building up in a Burger King right now

(Newser) - Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids... More »

Seattle Gas Blast Levels Businesses

9 firefighters injured

(Newser) - Shop owners on Wednesday inspected walls that were ripped to shreds by an early morning natural gas explosion in Seattle and marveled that the blast had caused no serious injuries. Crews were responding to reports of a gas leak when the explosion occurred about 1:40am along a main thoroughfare... More »

16 Weeks Later, LA Gas Leak Has Been Plugged

Leak uprooted thousands of residents

(Newser) - A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said. While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California... More »

Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Fake gas leak leads to $35,000 in damage

(Newser) - Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune , someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told... More »

New Fear in California Gas Leak: Massive Blowout

'If the wellhead fails, the thing is just going to be full blast'

(Newser) - Highly flammable natural gas continues to spew from a well located near the LA neighborhood of Porter Ranch. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports, unsuccessful efforts to plug the leak have created conditions that might lead to an even bigger problem—a blowout that could release far more gas up... More »

There's an Environmental Disaster Happening in LA

Solution to methane gas leak is still months away

(Newser) - Erin Brockovich is calling it the worst environmental catastrophe since the 2010 BP oil spill: Methane has been leaking from a well in Los Angeles for at least two months and will continue to do so for at least two more. Southern California Gas detected the leak— seen here using... More »

More Than 130 Families Relocated Due to Gas Leak

It could take officials three more months to stop the leak

(Newser) - More than 130 families have been temporarily relocated from a Los Angeles neighborhood due to a leak at a massive natural gas storage facility that's causing a sickening stench. SoCalGas officials had received 503 inquiries as of Wednesday night from residents seeking relocation, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.... More »

Woman Doing Repairs Blows Up Her House

Laurie Beliveau was in her bedroom for the first blast

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman apparently botched some home repairs yesterday and blew her house to smithereens, WBT reports. Lucky for Laurie Beliveau, 52, she fled her property in Taunton, Mass., minutes before the explosion. "We, my son and I, got her a pair of sandals and a glass of water... More »

2 Missing After Gas Blast at Wash. Motel 6

Hotel manager sounded the alarm minutes before the explosion

(Newser) - Two people are missing after a terrifying gas explosion at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Wash., destroyed a quarter of the building and sent a gas company employee to the hospital in critical condition, reports NBC News . KING 5 News reports officials are combing through debris after a gas leak... More »

Investigation: There's Danger Below Our Feet

Leaks from aging gas pipes kill, injure, or destroy nearly every other day

(Newser) - Old metal gas pipes pose deadly leak dangers across the US—yet we still have tens of thousands of miles of them under our feet, USA Today reports. The threat may seem small, but in fact, blasts from leaks have hurt or killed people or damaged property approximately every two... More »

8th Body Found in NYC Blast

Investigators still haven't zeroed in on where the leak occurred

(Newser) - Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of yesterday's gas explosion in East Harlem found an eighth body today. Meanwhile, investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains,... More »

Death Toll Hits 7 in Harlem Blast; 9 Still Missing

Search efforts continue; 7th body pulled from rubble this morning

(Newser) - The death toll is climbing and hit seven this morning after authorities say a suspected gas leak blew up two apartment buildings in Harlem yesterday, just minutes after a customer called to report the smell of gas. At least 63 are wounded, and more deaths could come as two survivors... More »

How Gas Leaks Can Blow Up Buildings

Harlem explosion is proof of wider problem, experts say

(Newser) - Gas-leak explosions are devastating enough to destroy entire buildings, as we saw this morning in Harlem —and experts tell Popular Mechanics just how it can happen. It's not uncommon for underground pipes to leak gas that gets trapped under several inches of frost in winter and moves sideways,... More »

Explosion Rocks New York College

Seven injured in what appears to be a gas explosion

(Newser) - What firefighters believe was a major gas explosion rocked the campus of Nyack College in New York today, injuring at least seven people. While none of those seven injuries appear to be life-threatening, the New York Daily News reports that emergency responders are searching the area for bodies. But authorities... More »

Huge Swath of France Smells Like Rotten Eggs

No, not permanently

(Newser) - Insert Pepé Le Pew joke here: The northwestern part of France currently smells like rotten eggs, reports Reuters . The bizarre aroma is the result of a non-lethal leak of the gas Mercaptan at a chemicals factory about 75 miles northwest of Paris. Though the leak occurred yesterday, winds carried the... More »

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