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Propane Gas in Water Mains Results in Six Explosions and Fires Within an Hour

Issue 10 and Volume 111.

Propane Gas in Water Mains Results in Six Explosions and Fires Within an Hour Series of freak mishaps occur in Belleville, Illinois, when gas backs up into garage water line used to flush tank truck before making repairs Photos by Jim Brede PROPANE GAS, inadvertently introduced into a section of the Belleville, Ill., water system, was responsible for six explosions and fires. The mishaps occurred when garage maintenance men hooked up a 2-inch water line to a tank truck which had hauled a load of the gas. The foreman supervising repairs to the truck believed the water pressure would overcome any gas pressure in the truck’s tank. However, as the apparently empty tank had been exposed to sunlight and heat, pressure within had built up to an estimated 110 pounds. The series of explosions and fires resulted when gas entered buildings as washing machines were filled or toilets flushed. Ignition…

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