2 dead after explosion levels 2 homes, damages 18 others on Indianapolis' Southside

Nov 11, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Indianapolis Star

And 18 homes are confirmed damaged around where the explosion occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday.

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curious

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Nov 11, 2012
 
Too big to be meth lab???
Fred

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Nov 11, 2012
 
Another San Bruno, California??
curious

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Nov 11, 2012
 
Fred wrote:
Another San Bruno, California??
I don't understand
curious

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Nov 11, 2012
 
Fred wrote:
Another San Bruno, California??
Never mind, I googled it.
Cristi

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Nov 11, 2012
 
Drone misfire!
lakerfan

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Nov 11, 2012
 
From the pictures I've seen it's amazing that only two people died.
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Jen

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Nov 11, 2012
 
I've read meth lab ruled out but no reports of gas smell. Lady that lived in one of the houses that blew up was out of town. Looks like basement was cleared out too. We felt the powerful blast about 1.5 miles down. Scared the crap out of me! Keeping those involved in my prayers.
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Nov 11, 2012
 
80 homes damaged??? I find that hard to believe.
bbvcxz

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#10
Nov 11, 2012
 
Hear there are a whole lot of people showing up for free meals and calling the Red Cross for help who were no where near the explosion.
curious

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Nov 12, 2012
 
No one wants to believe it could happen in their neighborhood, but terrorists have to live somewhere. Could have been someone working on something . It's hard to believe atf or someone else don't have an idea about cause. Strange.
Dawg

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Nov 12, 2012
 
If the house that exploded was equipped with gas appliances, it's likely that natural gas was the cause.
If the leak was at or near the indoor appliance, such as a hot water heater, the gas would have risen to the top of the indoor living space and built back down to the lower floor levels. The ignition source would have been the hot water heater as it kicked on to raise the water temp back up to its' settings.
If the house was empty, there would have been no hot water in use, allowing the gas to build down for several hours before the heater kicked on.
There are very few combustible materials in our homes that would cause such an explosion that literally obliterates a structure like we see in the aerial photographs.
Prayers for the teacher, husband and all affected families.
Dawg

Indianapolis, IN

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Nov 12, 2012
 
[QUOTE who="1.5"]<quoted text>
1.5 miles away? How? Were you walking the dog? Lol[/QUOTE]

I was 1.5 miles away, also. My house shook and rumbled for about 5 seconds. I didn't hear an explosion, but my house felt the shock wave.
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Nov 12, 2012
 
Dawg wrote:
If the house that exploded was equipped with gas appliances, it's likely that natural gas was the cause.
If the leak was at or near the indoor appliance, such as a hot water heater, the gas would have risen to the top of the indoor living space and built back down to the lower floor levels. The ignition source would have been the hot water heater as it kicked on to raise the water temp back up to its' settings.
If the house was empty, there would have been no hot water in use, allowing the gas to build down for several hours before the heater kicked on.
There are very few combustible materials in our homes that would cause such an explosion that literally obliterates a structure like we see in the aerial photographs.
Prayers for the teacher, husband and all affected families.
Pilot light for hot water heaters and furnaces remain lit at all times I thought
Dawg

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Nov 12, 2012
 
hmmmm wrote:
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Pilot light for hot water heaters and furnaces remain lit at all times I thought
Furnaces have an ignitor these days. Mine has one. It's a piece of metal that heats up with the furnace is activated by the thermostat setting.
http://www.google.com/search...
Hot water heaters still have a pilot light though.

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