NIGHT INTO DAY: THE EDISON, NEW JERSEY, GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSION

05/01/1995
NIGHT INTO DAY: THE EDISON, NEW JERSEY, GAS PIPELINE EXPLOSIONBY ALBERT J. LAMKIE AND DAVID DAVIS At 2357 hours on March 23, 1994, a 36-inch Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation (TETCO) natural gas transmission pipeline, operating at 975 psi, catastrophically ruptured in Edison Township, New Jersey, initiating a fire event of enormous magnitude, the largest fire incident ever to occur in Middlesex County. The 80-foot-long rupture in the pipe occurred on property occupied by the Quality Materials, Inc. asphalt plant and ripped a crater approximately 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 40 feet deep. This sent a shower of bedrock and shale, some pieces the size of bowling balls, as far as 800...

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