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|Title:||Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation natural gas pipeline explosion and fire, Edison, New Jersey, March 23, 1994|
|All Authors / Contributors:||National Transportation Safety Board.|
|Notes:||Misc. No.: NTSB/PAR-95/01
Misc. No.: 6362A
Accession No.: 80553
|Year:||January 18, 1995.|
|Publisher:||Washington, DC : The Board,|
|Corporate Author:||National Transportation Safety Board.|
|Series:||Pipeline accident report; Variation: Pipeline accident report.|
About 11:55 p.m. on March 23, 1994, a 36-inch diameter pipeline owned and operated by Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation ruptured catastrophically in Edison Township, New Jersey, within the property of Quality Materials, Inc., an asphalt plant. The force of the rupture and of natural gas escaping at a pressure of about 970 psig excavated the soil around the pipe and blew gas hundreds of feet into the air, propelling pipe fragments, rocks, and debris more than 800 feet. Within 1 to 2 minutes of the rupture, one of several possible sources ignited the escaping gas, sending flames upward 400 to 500 feet in the air. Heat radiating from the massive fire ignited several building roofs in a nearby apartment complex. Occupants, alerted to the emergency by noises from escaping gas and rocks hitting the roofs, fled from the burning buildings. The fire destroyed eight buildings. Approximately 1,500 apartment residents were evacuated.
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