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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-72-044
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Synopsis: On March 24, 1972, in the Annandale section of Fairfax County, VA, a contractor's backhoe snagged a 2-inch steel gas main, and pulled the main out of a compression coupling 22 feet away. Gas company personnel arrived on the scene about 40 minutes later and started to search for the break. The gas was not shut off and the nearby houses were not checked for the presence of gas. A house, 240 feet away from the point at which the line was snagged, exploded. Two other houses exploded and burned. As a result of the accident, three persons died and one was injured; two houses were destroyed and a third was badly damaged; and $153,000 worth of property was damaged.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT: THE OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY AMEND 49 CFR 192.615 TO INCLUDE AN EXPLICIT REQUIREMENT THAT EACH PIPELINE OPERATOR NOTIFY AND COORDINATE HIS ACTIVITIES WITH LOCAL FIRE AND POLICE OFFICIALS WHEN GAS LEAKS CREATE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Annandale, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
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Accident Date: 3/24/1972
Issue Date: 11/22/1972
Date Closed: 9/28/1978
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