Blast levels building

Blast levels building

There are 1 comment on the Lebanon Daily News story from May 22, 2008, titled Blast levels building. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

An early afternoon explosion, which one witness called "almost like a bomb," leveled a vacant former restaurant and damaged several nearby buildings after a backhoe struck an underground natural-gas pipe ...

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Harrisburg, PA

#1 May 22, 2008
Mr. Fessler, some questions, One, was the marked line where the backhoe hit the line? I have seen the utlity contractors mark an electric line through a 36" blsck oak stump. If the utility was incorrectly located, then what would you say? That is a possibility in this case, just as much as the operator ignoring the marking which may also be true. It is easy to cast opinions as facts when you fly a desk. I really question how a building 20 to 30 feet from the line was completely destroyed. I mean is there not a gas valve on the building protecting from fire from supply lines? How could a gas surge inside the building occur from a broken line outside. I smell something fishy, not sulfer.
I am willing to bet that UGI did not know where the line was. It may have been installed prior to recording of such utilities.

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