WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the Aug. 10 explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland.
There were seven fatalities and dozens were injured as a result. NTSB investigators from the Office of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Investigations have been on scene of the accident since last Thursday assisting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service in the investigation of the source of the explosion. Representatives from Washington Gas Company have assisted with the evidence recovery and system testing.
Ravi Chhatre, Senior Pipeline Investigator will serve as the investigator-in-charge and will be continuing on-site work through the week, including evidence collection.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.