Freak Gas Explosion Proves Fatal

Freak Gas Explosion Proves Fatal

A freak explosion of a cloud of low hanging gas killed a woman and seriously injured two men in March. The blast occurred over the highway along the east shore of San Francisco Bay at Oleum, Calif.

According to reports, the gas apparently escaped from an overhead pipe carrying waste from an oil refinery to a dump. The explosion was believed touched off by exhaust sparks from a car or its ignition system. Three automobiles caught fire after the explosion.” Riding with the woman who was killed were two men. one a private attached to the Fairfield-Suisun Air Base. The latter was burned in the effort to extricate the other man from the burning vehicle. Witnesses said that shortly before the explosion a fog seemed to hang over the highway.

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