Propane Tank Explodes in Connecticut, Leaving One Man Injured & Seven Families Displaced
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 4:28 pm
A propane tank explosion in Bridgeport caused an injury and displaced seven families on January 21 at around 10:00 a.m. as reported by Fox 61. The explosion is said to have happened at 49 White Street.
According to authorities, the explosion caused a small fire but it was quickly extinguished. The powerful explosion has a left a hole on the side of the house while the people around the area at the time of the explosion were terrified.
A man who lives on the first floor got second-degree burns and was taken to the Bridgeport Hospital. The Red Cross also took over to provide temporary shelter for the families.
The firefighters said that the explosion may be due to the improper use of the propane tank, which was discovered providing power to a portable heater.
Major Propane Explosions in Connecticut
In September 2013, a 500-gallon underground propane tank exploded at 305 Webbs Hill Road in North Stamford.
A home in Vernon exploded in August of 2017 due to a propane leak that sent six people to the hospital.
These cases in the state only show the dangers of propane tanks when improperly stored or used. Residential gas explosions are more common than you think and they can be fatal to those nearby.
The Common Causes of Propane Explosion
Propane is a synthetic material used for various purposes such as torches, barbecue grills, central heating, etc. However, it is known to have a high risk of explosion if not used properly.
These are some of the most common causes of a propane explosion:
- Improper Application of Odor Chemical – propane is naturally odorless, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) required a chemical to be added to to it easily detect a leak. If not done correctly, a leak may go undetected for weeks, which can lead to an explosion.
- Open Bleeder Valve – in the case of excess internal pressure, the bleeder valve allows propane to escape the tank to relieve it from pressure thus preventing it from explosion. However, in the event that a bleeder valve is left open, any exposure to an open flame can easily cause a small fire. Also, if there are other propane tanks nearby, it could cause other bleeder valves to open from the heat.
Propane Explosion Inside the Home
Propane is heavier than air so it settles in low enclosed areas. A small stray flame or spark may cause the gas to ignite and lead to widespread damage.
In many homes, gas tanks are stored in the basement. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended that propane cylinders are stored upright outside on a dry, flat, and non-flammable surface.
Surviving a Propane Explosion
The Bridgeport case left a man with serious burns while a number of families were left homeless. In cases like these, it is crucial to have legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected and you’re compensated for your losses and injuries.
In many situations, the cause of a propane gas tank fire is from a violation of safety practices or codes, a failure to warn, improper storage, a lack of safety training, or any combination of these. Having an attorney by your side will help identify the cause of the accident and get justice and compensation for your family.
There are situations wherein propane companies and component manufacturers may attempt to deny a defect. A good attorney can help determine what parties are at fault.
If you have been injured or a victim of an explosion, Williams Kherkher will fight for you. You can count on us to help you get the compensation that you need from the loss or any other injuries that may put a halt to your normal life. Give us a call today with any questions and a free consultation. Call (713) 230-2200.