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Abandoned gas line determined as cause of Seattle blast

Posted on September 23, 2016 1:45 pm under Fires and Explosions

A report released by Seattle safety regulators revealed the explosion in Greenwood last March came from a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) gas line that was negligently left by crews, an article of Q13 Fox reported on September 20.

In the investigation conducted by the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), it showed unauthorized personnel caused the gas line to leak until it filled a restaurant and resulted in a blast. The gas line in question was left behind in 2004 and was not properly secured. The UTC is recommending PSE settle $3.2 million in penalty costs due to 17 violations they committed in the March 9 explosion that caused injuries to nine fire crew members. The report also said the threaded connection of the pipe malfunctioned due to the external force applied to it. In a statement, PSE expressed their disappointment about the hefty fine imposed on them by the UTC.

Explosion accidents like this one are unfortunately catastrophic, leaving many families with great financial burden. However, if negligent parties are involved, a skilled attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your legal options.