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John Carrier wrote:
gas leak, plain and simple.

Every year there are explosions from leaks most are caught in time or only blow out a wall.
Every few years you'll see 1 where the house is completely gone and debris blown out up to a a couple hundred feet in every direction.

If they did have a leak, all it would take is for it to get cold at night the furnace call for heat and the spark igniter for the flame detonate it.
Some people find the truth too boring. Common sense has no place amongst loose change conspiracy theorists.

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This neighborhood is relatively new, meaning the homes are sealed up pretty well due to all the ways they use to prevent air leaks. That also prevents gas leaking out.

Where we typically see a basement filling with gas and the house blows upward, it's conceivable this one filled up the above ground space at least do a degree and that could explain the way it seemed to rip through the houses adjacent to it.

The way they packed the houses so close together along the street was no help.
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Nov 13, 2012
 
Uh Clem wrote:
This neighborhood is relatively new, meaning the homes are sealed up pretty well due to all the ways they use to prevent air leaks. That also prevents gas leaking out.

Where we typically see a basement filling with gas and the house blows upward, it's conceivable this one filled up the above ground space at least do a degree and that could explain the way it seemed to rip through the houses adjacent to it.

The way they packed the houses so close together along the street was no help.
That's my guess.

I'm not sure why so many are demanding answers. If it wasn't in their neighborhood, why do they care? Gives people something to talk about I guess.

Prayers to those who lost so much. May the deceased rest in peace.
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Uh Clem wrote:
This neighborhood is relatively new, meaning the homes are sealed up pretty well due to all the ways they use to prevent air leaks. That also prevents gas leaking out.
Where we typically see a basement filling with gas and the house blows upward, it's conceivable this one filled up the above ground space at least do a degree and that could explain the way it seemed to rip through the houses adjacent to it.
The way they packed the houses so close together along the street was no help.
Exactly what I've been thinking.
The furnace and hot water heater would have been in the basement, but all that was needed was an open basement door the leads into the ground level living area. The gas would escape the basement area and occupy the highest point in the house. The gas would fill the entire upper floors before a combustible mixture would occupy the basement. But eventually, the concentration gas to oxygen mixture would eventually rise to that combustible mixture at basement furnace level and end up igniting a blast that has two stories of highly concentrated gas that would cause on helluva explosion.
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Nov 13, 2012
 
krap wrote:
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That's my guess.
I'm not sure why so many are demanding answers. If it wasn't in their neighborhood, why do they care? Gives people something to talk about I guess.
Prayers to those who lost so much. May the deceased rest in peace.
The media is reporting tidbits in a way that is raising the suspicion of this being an intentional act. That's probably why people are demanding answers.
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Nov 13, 2012
 
Spotter wrote:
The world may never know who the shooter was on the grassy knoll
Had the same thought but wondered if it's too late for Jack to save the day.
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NTSB pulled out of the investigation. Said absolutely nothing wrong with underground gas lines.
Not Snarky

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Carl Sweeney wrote:
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Yes it does. Especially with brick fronts. Vinyl villages are one step away from a trailer park.
With all due respect, your arrogance is showing. My family and I live in a new large ALL brick home out in the country, and we are not overly fond of vinyl siding. But, it cost a bundle to build, half again as much had we not chosen brick. Not everyone has the funds for that, but still can afford a new house.... and although it is true that too many Americans have been lured into thinking they can afford new construction and have gone too much in debt, the couple who died in this explosion may have been responsible buyers. One runs into trouble painting everyone with a broad brush.

Personally, I prefer an all vinyl siding home rather than to try to put up just a brick front, but to each his own. Americans don't have a lot of choices, because if a house is built with all wood like several years ago, the upkeep adds up to a lot of expense and work over the years. But nice middle class neighborhoods such as Richmond Hills certainly should not be described as just "a step away from a trailer park", IMO.
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Maverick wrote:
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Exactly what I've been thinking.
The furnace and hot water heater would have been in the basement, but all that was needed was an open basement door the leads into the ground level living area. The gas would escape the basement area and occupy the highest point in the house. The gas would fill the entire upper floors before a combustible mixture would occupy the basement. But eventually, the concentration gas to oxygen mixture would eventually rise to that combustible mixture at basement furnace level and end up igniting a blast that has two stories of highly concentrated gas that would cause on helluva explosion.
Newer homes like mine have the furnace and water heaters upstairs.
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Not Snarky wrote:
<quoted text>With all due respect, your arrogance is showing. My family and I live in a new large ALL brick home out in the country, and we are not overly fond of vinyl siding. But, it cost a bundle to build, half again as much had we not chosen brick. Not everyone has the funds for that, but still can afford a new house.... and although it is true that too many Americans have been lured into thinking they can afford new construction and have gone too much in debt, the couple who died in this explosion may have been responsible buyers. One runs into trouble painting everyone with a broad brush.

Personally, I prefer an all vinyl siding home rather than to try to put up just a brick front, but to each his own. Americans don't have a lot of choices, because if a house is built with all wood like several years ago, the upkeep adds up to a lot of expense and work over the years. But nice middle class neighborhoods such as Richmond Hills certainly should not be described as just "a step away from a trailer park", IMO.
http://www.mold-help.org/content/view/488/

Yes, what fine homes these mass production houses are. So fine, that literally every builder has been sued.
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NTSB wrote:
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http://www.mold-help.org/content/view/488/
Yes, what fine homes these mass production houses are. So fine, that literally every builder has been sued.
So, have the homes in Richmond Hills been affected by mold? It appears to me from the photos, that the subdivision was built about 10-15 years ago?
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#59
Nov 13, 2012
 
Someone blew that house up, no way around it.
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Sure wouldn't buy a house within a 2 mile radius of that place. Structural damage may not be visible for a while but you can be sure it will show up in some structures.

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Not Snarky wrote:
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So, have the homes in Richmond Hills been affected by mold? It appears to me from the photos, that the subdivision was built about 10-15 years ago?
The owner of the house that blew said it was 8 yrs old.

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Big Bang Theory wrote:
Someone blew that house up, no way around it.
Word on the street is there was a big bad wolf seen heading down Sherman Dr at a high rate of speed shortly after.
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Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>Word on the street is there was a big bad wolf seen heading down Sherman Dr at a high rate of speed shortly after.
Where are Danny Glover and Mel Gibson when you need them? Lethal Weapon 10!
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#64
Nov 13, 2012
 
the lady that lived in the ground zero house is on video sobbing saying the authorities keep asking her if she had any enemies. so strange.
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Uh Clem wrote:
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Word on the street is there was a big bad wolf seen heading down Sherman Dr at a high rate of speed shortly after.
He is not guilty. He blows them DOWN, not UP.
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I heard it was from an anti-islamic video on youtube.
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Maverick wrote:
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Exactly what I've been thinking.
The furnace and hot water heater would have been in the basement, but all that was needed was an open basement door the leads into the ground level living area. The gas would escape the basement area and occupy the highest point in the house. The gas would fill the entire upper floors before a combustible mixture would occupy the basement. But eventually, the concentration gas to oxygen mixture would eventually rise to that combustible mixture at basement furnace level and end up igniting a blast that has two stories of highly concentrated gas that would cause on helluva explosion.
Wrong. Homes today are usually built on slabs with the furnace and water heaters upstairs in a mechanical room.

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