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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-81-029
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 1, 1980, A PIPELINE TRANSPORTING NAPHTHA RUPTURED UNDER THE ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION OF 28TH STREET AND GALE AVENUE IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. ESCAPING PRODUCT UNDER HIGH PRESSURE BLEW A HOLE THROUGH THE PAVEMENT AND SPRAYED INTO THE AIR UP TO 20 FEET AND THEN FLOWED INTO THE GUTTERS. MOMENTS LATER, THE PRODUCT IGNITED BY AN UNDETERMINED SOURCE. THE ENSUING FLAMES REACHED A HEIGHT OF APPROXIMATELY 70 FEET. AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE, 5 PERSONS WERE INJURED, 1 HOUSE WAS DESTROYED, 11 HOUSES SUSTAINED MODERATE TO SEVERE DAMAGE, AND 11 MOTOR VEHICLES WERE DESTROYED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMINOIL USA, INC: INSTRUCT ITS EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR PROGRAM FOR PRESSURE RELIEF VALVES AND SHUTDOWN EQUIPMENT AT ITS LEASE AUTOMATIC CUSTODY TRANSFER (LACT) UNITS AND MAKE PERIODIC CHECKS TO SEE THAT THE PROGRAM IS CARRIED OUT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Long Beach, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81MP002
Accident Reports:
Four Corners Pipeline Company Pipe Rupture and Fire
Report #: PAR-81-04
Accident Date: 12/1/1980
Issue Date: 8/26/1981
Date Closed: 2/2/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Aminoil USA, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Aminoil USA, Inc.
Date: 2/2/1983
Response:

From: Aminoil USA, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/5/1982
Response: AMINOIL LTR: THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN INSTITUTED AND A PRESSURE RECORDING DEVICE HAS BEEN INSTALLED DOWN STREAM FROM THE SHIPPING PUMPS. AMINOIL'S "LACT OPERATION REVIEW PROCEDURE" SETS FORTH IN DETAIL AMINOIL'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBJECT RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Aminoil USA, Inc.
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: