San Bruno Pipeline Explosion Categories: 09-September, Infrastructure Timelines: Man-Made Disasters

(Credit: Brocken Inaglory/wiki user) Devastation in San Bruno, CA caused by a gas pipeline explosion.


September 9, 2010:

A PG&E pipeline ruptured and exploded in the Crestmoor residential neighborhood of San Bruno, CA. Investigation into the incident found that PG&E had been in violation of regulations and laws regarding the type of piping used for the line.  A 30-inch-diameter segment of the natural gas pipeline (installed in 1956) ruptured, and the resulting explosion created a crater about 72 feet long and 26 feet wide and released approximately 47.6 million standard cubic feet of natural gas.—(NTSB)

Impact:

  • 8 fatalities; 58 injuries
  • 38 houses destroyed; 70 damaged
  • $90 million settlement

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