A gas explosion is an explosion resulting from a gas leak in the presence of an ignition source. The principal explosive gases are natural gas, methane, propane and butane, because they are widely used for heating purposes. However, many other gases, like hydrogen, are combustible and have caused explosions in the past.
In 2007-2011, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated average of 51,600 fires per year starting with ignition of a flammable gas and another 160,910 fires per year starting with ignition of a flammable or combustible liquid. The flammable gas fires resulted in an estimated 168 civilian deaths, 1,029 civilian injuries, and $644 million in direct property damage per year. The flammable or combustible liquid fires resulted in an estimated 454 civilian deaths, 3,910 civilian injuries, and $1.5 billion in direct property damage per year.
Flammable gas fires nearly all involve natural gas or LP gas. Flammable or combustible liquid fires nearly all involve unclassified or unknown-type flammable or combustible liquid, Class IIIB combustible liquids, Class II combustible liquids, or gasoline. Most fires involve gas or liquid fuels for heating or cooking or involve cooking oils used as a medium to heat food during cooking.
If you, a member of your family, or someone you know has suffered a serious burn injury related to a gas burn due to someone else's negligence, please contact Neal Law.