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Arizona Public Service Company, natural gas explosion and fire, Phoenix, Arizona, September 25, 1984

Author: National Transportation Safety Board. Bureau of Accident Investigation.
Publisher: Washington, DC : The Bureau, June 12, 1985.
Series: Pipeline accident report.
Edition/Format:   Book : National government publication : English
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At 3:30 a.m., on September 25, 1984, an explosion followed by an intense natural gas-fed fire destroyed two apartments at 3022 North 37th Street in Phoenix, Arizona. Of the 12 persons injured in the fire, 5 persons later died. After the fire was extinguished, the 1-inch diameter acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic gas main supplying gas to the destroyed apartments was excavated and a 3-inch-long
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Title: Arizona Public Service Company, natural gas explosion and fire, Phoenix, Arizona, September 25, 1984
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: National Transportation Safety Board. Bureau of Accident Investigation.
Notes: Misc. No.: NTSB/PAR-85/01
Accession No.: 70740
NTIS: PB85-916501
Description: 31 p.
Year: June 12, 1985.
Publisher: Washington, DC : The Bureau,
Corporate Author: National Transportation Safety Board. Bureau of Accident Investigation.
Series: Pipeline accident report; Variation: Pipeline accident report.
OCLC No.: 690875632

Abstract:

At 3:30 a.m., on September 25, 1984, an explosion followed by an intense natural gas-fed fire destroyed two apartments at 3022 North 37th Street in Phoenix, Arizona. Of the 12 persons injured in the fire, 5 persons later died. After the fire was extinguished, the 1-inch diameter acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic gas main supplying gas to the destroyed apartments was excavated and a 3-inch-long longitudinal split was discovered in the bottom of the pipe 18 feet from the gas meters on the apartment building. Gas at 30 psig had escaped through the longitudinal split, migrated into and under the apartments, ignited, exploded, and burned.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the deterioration and ensuing rupture of a 1-inch-diameter ABS plastic pipe due to weakening from internal environmental stress cracking that resulted from a chemical reaction between the pipe and liquid entrapped in a low spot in the pipe, which allowed natural gas at 30 psig to escape from the failed pipe and to migrate through the adjacent soil into and under two apartments, where it accumulated and was ignited by the gas pilot of a furnace. Contributing to the accident was the failure of persons who had detected gas odors earlier to report those odors to the gas company or to the fire department. Also contributing to the accident was the absence of a gas company program to analyze the cause of leaks as they occurred.
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