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25 Nov 2012 05:08 PM   |   13113 clicks   |   KREM Spokane
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WelldeadLink     
I was wondering how 11 firefighters got injured. Being inside the fireball is a different problem than deciding to go in.

25 Nov 2012 03:08 PM
FloydA     
Authorities on Sunday didn't name the Columbia Gas Go. worker

Well good. That really should be his parents' responsibility, after all.

25 Nov 2012 03:18 PM
TV's Vinnie     
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Just say it was a gas leak.

So, did you buy that pony yet?

25 Nov 2012 05:10 PM
Somaticasual     
Funny that's the one article that doesn't mention it was the strip club..

25 Nov 2012 05:10 PM
WTP 2     
can you hear me now?

25 Nov 2012 05:10 PM
poe_zlaw     

Somaticasual: Funny that's the one article that doesn't mention it was the strip club..


Thats because there arent high pressure gas lines inside strip clubs. Im betting it was in the street in front of the strip club and the strip club got damaged from the blast that had nothing to do with the club.

Instead of saying what it really is which doesnt have nearly as much sensationalism, Im betting they arent mentioning strip clubs anymore because the gas company doesnt want people to think their workers were inside the strip club and just happened to get hurt.

25 Nov 2012 05:18 PM
TheOther     
Sometimes you fart, sometimes you get farted.

25 Nov 2012 05:18 PM
MisterTweak    [TotalFark]  

WelldeadLink: I was wondering how 11 firefighters got injured. Being inside the fireball is a different problem than deciding to go in.


I... um, okay, if you have a big explosion and fire, with associated injuries and damaged buildings, someone kinda needs to go in and do the fire-putting-out thing and rescuing thing.. no?

25 Nov 2012 05:19 PM
doglover    [TotalFark]  
Actually it sounds like the worker knew EXACTLY what he was doing was gonna be dangerous. All the responding officers and firefighters were behind a vehicle.

25 Nov 2012 05:19 PM
haterade     
damn..i was hoping it was the strip club that got a little over zealous in trying for an insurance claim

25 Nov 2012 05:20 PM
Dwedit     
Basu gasu bakuhatsu!

25 Nov 2012 05:22 PM
GBB     
Remember this the next time you read one of those "OSHA's Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs" and wonder why Firefighting isn't higher on the list. It's because that list tracks fatalities. No one got killed in this accident, so ... not dangerous, right?

25 Nov 2012 05:23 PM
uncleacid     
He was using a back Ho at the time.

25 Nov 2012 05:25 PM
Tenatra     
better fark link

At the beginning of the article is a link to an update on the story, also better than this article

25 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
zerkalo     
I got my pipe ruptured in a strip joint once

25 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

25 Nov 2012 05:36 PM
Loren     

doglover: Actually it sounds like the worker knew EXACTLY what he was doing was gonna be dangerous. All the responding officers and firefighters were behind a vehicle.


He knew what he was doing but not where he was doing it--the pipe was mismarked, he hit it.

25 Nov 2012 05:40 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  

Quoting another article:

His examination appears to have been an appropriate distance from where older markings on the sidewalk indicated where the gas line was. However, the markings were incorrect and his metal probe inadvertently punctured the high-pressure gas line right at the foundation of the building.
What I want to know is, who has to buy the strip club a new pole? The gas company, for relying on inaccurate markings it probably made in the first place?

25 Nov 2012 05:41 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
"Hm, I punctured this pipe and now there's this weird hissing noise coming out of it! I better strike a match to see it better!"

25 Nov 2012 05:42 PM
Tenatra     

ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...


how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?

25 Nov 2012 05:44 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?


It was sharp on one end.

25 Nov 2012 06:19 PM
no_tan_lines     
The Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire occurred in Edison, New Jersey on March 23, 1994 where a 36" diameter natural gas pipeline broke and exploded into flames next to the Durham Woods apartment complex along New Durham Road at its junction with Interstate 287.[1] The cause of this breakage was given by the NTSB as mechanical damage. The resulting fire destroyed or severely damaged 14 of the apartment buildings. Over 1,500 apartment residents were evacuated, 100 residents were left homeless, and one death occurred from a heart attack suffered by Sandra Snyder, who was unable to summon emergency workers "amid the chaos." Because the fire occurred so close to the Durham Woods complex, residents in the area also refer to it as the Durham Woods fire.

I remember this epic blast. I believe it was caused by a crew using a backhoe if memory serves correct. I understand this explosion is why we now have the 'call before you dig' service nationwide. Dunno but that is what I seem to recall...
Was at work in a highrise very close to this blast. FLASH! BOOM! (building sways a couple feet) AHHHH Scary!!!

25 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
TheOther     

Gyrfalcon: Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?

It was sharp on one end.


A bottle of white wine and lots of lube.

25 Nov 2012 06:49 PM
doofusgumby     

TheOther: Gyrfalcon: Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?

It was sharp on one end.

A bottle of white wine and lots of lube.


But that pipe looked like a rusty trombone.

25 Nov 2012 06:53 PM
KrispyKritter     

haterade: damn..i was hoping it was the strip club that got a little over zealous in trying for an insurance claim


i figured no way it was new jersey lightning. strip clubs are farking cash cows, man. the owner is losing $$$ every night that place is closed. poor bastid. i feel sick for him.

25 Nov 2012 06:56 PM
WelldeadLink     

KrispyKritter: haterade: damn..i was hoping it was the strip club that got a little over zealous in trying for an insurance claim

i figured no way it was new jersey lightning. strip clubs are farking cash cows, man. the owner is losing $$$ every night that place is closed. poor bastid. i feel sick for him.


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25 Nov 2012 07:39 PM
Marcintosh     
I've read in more than two places that there is no definitive full map of existing pipelines. That's sort of creepy. I guess company's go out of business , get taken over, sell off assets, that sort of thing.


The local gas co replaced the gas line outside my house. Chatting with a worker, he points to the valve the crew just pulled out of the ditch and says - that one's from the late 20's - bout time it got changed.

25 Nov 2012 07:40 PM
OlderGuy    [TotalFark]  

Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?


Not sure about there, but they are using some sort of plastic pipe here.. walls about 1/2 " thick.. for 25 psi pressure.. they use a rod with a point on it to open a hole, then drop a sampling tube from a gas detector down the hole.. most old gas lines were cast iron.. not easy to poke a hole in, but a biatch to repair, and would shatter in an earthquake or if hit by digging apparatus....

25 Nov 2012 07:45 PM
WelldeadLink     
Someone poked at this thread and blew it up.

25 Nov 2012 08:54 PM
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25 Nov 2012 10:26 PM
Loren     

Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?


There probably was some power apparatus pushing it into the ground. Otherwise I can't see how that would happen.

25 Nov 2012 10:28 PM
DownDaRiver     

FloydA: Authorities on Sunday didn't name the Columbia Gas Go. worker

Well good. That really should be his parents' responsibility, after all.


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25 Nov 2012 11:07 PM
Dools     
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I like it better my way.

25 Nov 2012 11:46 PM
KangTheMad    [TotalFark]  
utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

You found it!

25 Nov 2012 11:54 PM
Gotfire     
One minute you're making it rain, the next minute rolling in pain.

26 Nov 2012 12:22 AM
Tenatra     

Loren: Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?

There probably was some power apparatus pushing it into the ground. Otherwise I can't see how that would happen.


That was what I was thinking although the articles I'm reading on it sound like it was done with a handheld probe. I just saw a picture of the pipe, it looks like it is as thin as a piece of paper. I can see a handheld metal probe going straight through something in this condition...

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26 Nov 2012 12:55 AM
Loren     

Tenatra: Loren: Tenatra: ZAZ: utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.

Ironic or followup... ironic or followup...

how did the metal probe puncture a high pressure pipe?

There probably was some power apparatus pushing it into the ground. Otherwise I can't see how that would happen.

That was what I was thinking although the articles I'm reading on it sound like it was done with a handheld probe. I just saw a picture of the pipe, it looks like it is as thin as a piece of paper. I can see a handheld metal probe going straight through something in this condition...

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Handheld doesn't preclude it being powered.

26 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
WelldeadLink     

ShobuZukuri:

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Anyone see my cement truck? It was here a second ago.

27 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
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