In Kansas City yesterday evening, natural gas from a damaged pipe caught fire, producing an incredibly devastating explosion in the middle of a densely developed urban plaza.
KSHB.com This is what a fire from a two-inch gas distribution line can do.
The blast leveled a restaurant, producing a roaring jet of flame several stories high that took 100 firefighters about two hours to finally extinguish. The Kansas City Star's account gives some sense of the scale of the explosion:More »
As we wrote in this week's paper, Texas-based gas giant Spectra Energy is building a high-gauge, high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline right into the heart of the West Village.
NTSB The kind of devastating explosion that rocked San Bruno in 2010 could never happen here in New York, because our pipeline overlords are just too conscientious.
That makes some people nervous, because pipelines like this seem to explode all the time, and when they do it can be sort of calamitous. But Spectra says not to worry, because
"Spectra Energy is extremely vigilant and proactive with its integrity management programs as required by the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)- implementing rigorous safety measures across our entire system."
Okay. Sounds good. Everybody relax already! Jesus. The people building and running this thing are extremely vigilant and follow all the required safety precautions laid out by the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).More »
Early Sunday morning, Occupy Maine protesters were attacked by an unknown assailant who threw a chemical bomb at their encampment. The Portland Press Herald reports that no one was hurt by the bomb, "which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container." The assailant drove by Lincoln Park and hurled the device "into the camp's kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served."
Another Tuesday afternoon, another set of arbitrary, terrifying, and dangerous explosions in New York City to reaffirm that you basically live in a Michael Bay movie waiting to happen here in the five boroughs. Today? The East Village and Park Slope get hit.
• The world knows all too well the potential for destruction surrounding gigantic oil tankers and unfortunately it was demonstrated again when at least 230 people were killed, and nearly 200 more injured, when an oil tanker flipped and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to reports, the tanker flipped, leading locals collect the oil. Tragically, one was smoking a cigarette and the whole thing exploded. This is world, reiterating: oil, cigarettes -- dangerous. [CNN]
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Updated! If it's not one thing, it's another. Seeing as how our fair city failed to detonate a car bomb in the middle of Times Square this weekend, the swirling forces of chaos that give this city its unmistakable 'elan' have decided to retaliate by blowing shit up naturally.
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