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Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says
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Posted on 11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST by matt04

The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly.

The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown entertainment district.

"Human error ... is what the cause of the explosion was," Coan said Sunday, attributing the origins of the blast to a utility worker who punctured an underground gas line with a metal probing tool.

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Street markings showing the location of underground gas lines were incorrectly placed, Coan said, adding that further investigation by the state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will focus on why that was the case. State Engery and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who oversees the DPU, will ultimately oversee the probe at this point.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: springfield; stripclub

Something seems suspicious. I've seen crews take those metal probes, stick them in the ground and take measurements.

For that to puncture a gas pipe seems strange. If the pipe was really that shallow and in that bad of shape than someone besides the worker has some explaining to do.

1 posted on 11/25/2012 2:37:19 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

“Dig Safe” fail


2 posted on 11/25/2012 2:43:28 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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To: matt04

There are old piped utilities all over the nation. A good understanding of all the factors that control service life was only really really reached in the last 25 years. All utilities put in place prior to that are a crap shoot.

You have concrete resistance to certain chemicals, cathodic protection, pipe materials and joining, bedding issues and proximity of other utilities with constant changes. This sort of problem is very common and it is often luck that keeps the failures from being this bad more often.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 2:46:54 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years. RSC)
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To: matt04

Saw video of the entire explosion this morning. Why the city cam was pointed at a strip club may remain a mystery.


4 posted on 11/25/2012 2:47:24 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: matt04
When I first heard about the explosion, the first radio reports said it took place in West Springfield....I immediately started to fret about the safety of Donut Dip on Riverdale........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm best donuts on the planet. Phew!


5 posted on 11/25/2012 2:49:13 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Libloather

lol


6 posted on 11/25/2012 2:59:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: NonValueAdded

Early June 2011, Springfield was hit hard by a tornado, and people are still trying to recover. Sad Springfield is such a seedy place, maybe it should be leveled and rebuilt again.


7 posted on 11/25/2012 2:59:23 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: matt04
attributing the origins of the blast to a utility worker who punctured an underground gas line with a metal probing tool.

Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who oversees the DPU, will ultimately oversee the probe at this point

Hey guys, let's go down to the entertainment district and go probing, it'll be a blast!

8 posted on 11/25/2012 3:03:24 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Libloather

It’s a shame that people were hurt, but I am not sorry that the strip club got destroyed.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 3:11:56 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: matt04
...and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown entertainment district.

Entertainment District?
It's a Combat Zone...Red Light District.

10 posted on 11/25/2012 3:17:05 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Bigg Red
It’s a shame that people were hurt, but I am not sorry that the strip club got destroyed.

It's the Bic lighter's fault.

11 posted on 11/25/2012 3:23:23 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: matt04

I’ve seen gas utilties use long drill bits to create test holes into which they drop gas detector tubes to determine if gas is leaking under the surface of say an asphalt driveway.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 3:24:24 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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13 posted on 11/25/2012 3:25:19 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Daffynition

Oh man that place is national treasuer, as well as Albano’s Italian Ice, and LaForentia’s Cannoli’s.....


14 posted on 11/25/2012 3:33:37 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: matt04; GeronL
Youtube - Gas Explosion Rocks Springfield
15 posted on 11/25/2012 3:34:57 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

That didn’t look big enough to destroy 42 buildings unless they were all ready to fall down anyway


16 posted on 11/25/2012 3:37:56 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition
...Donut Dip on Riverdale.... best donuts on the planet.

They may be the best but Mrs Murphy's in Southwick are the Best-est! :)

17 posted on 11/25/2012 3:38:43 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: UB355

I’ve seen that also. However the hole in the pipe doesn’t looked drilled. I would assume they stop drilling the second they hit soil to avoid drilling into a pipe.


18 posted on 11/25/2012 3:44:13 PM PST by matt04
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To: libertarian27; Daffynition
There is only one best-est! I got hooked on them when I had my paper route in ILM. The ladies would swap me a half dozen for two of my extras, daily. I am still amazed that I don't have to take insulin shots!

Out front, there was a lever action DIME Coke machine!

Just look for them when the red light is lit!!! They are fantabulous!


19 posted on 11/25/2012 3:48:49 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: WVKayaker; Daffynition

Nah, these are the Best-est! LOL
We just hijacked an explosion thread with Donuts :)

20 posted on 11/25/2012 4:05:12 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27
We just hijacked an explosion thread with Donuts :)

Well, it could be BBQ! These are neighbors of mine, but they Fedex all over the country! Mmmmm gud!

Click to order and sample the BEST!

21 posted on 11/25/2012 4:14:32 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: WVKayaker

Sorry, those aren’t donuts, they’re grease soaked bits of fog. A donut has substance. Krispy Kremes are about half a donut.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 4:34:42 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: matt04
Street markings showing the location of underground gas lines were incorrectly placed, Coan said, adding that further investigation by the state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will focus on why that was the case.

As a utility worker that sometimes requires a "line spot" to complete some below ground work, we had an incident were one of the power utilities sent an idiot to do the check. We were driving grounding rods into sand/clay/loam-type soil and needed to go down quite a ways for a good ground. The power company sent someone over and they looked at their drawings and told us there was nothing down there. Couple hours later water & sewer and the gas company showed up and marked their respective lines. I noticed on both their drawings they showed buried power lines. Called the power company back and requested a redo on the line spot. Argued with the foreman about it for 20 minutes and pissed him off so bad he went with his supervisor, just so he had a witness that I'm an idiot before he called my division manager. Lo and behold, there were 7 1-million volt lines right where we were going to drive solid copper grounding rods. Never did get an apology, just some smug satisfaction and the fact that I was alive at the end of another day.

23 posted on 11/25/2012 5:08:21 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Libloather

The camera is a traffic cam that was turned in that direction about an hour earlier. The gas leak was discovered about 4:30, the area started getting evacuated so the camera was turned towards that area. The explosion was an hour later.

It was the same camera that caught a rare deadly tornado last year. They’ve gotten their money’s worth out of that.


24 posted on 11/25/2012 5:50:06 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: libertarian27

Ahhh....the strip club is out of that area.

Jeez, Springfield has enough problems without misleading the world. Either you do not know what the “combat zone” was, or you haven’t seen the bars and nightclubs on Worthington St in Springfield.

While it ain’t Disneyland, it sure as hell isn’t the 1970’s Combat Zone....


25 posted on 11/25/2012 5:57:06 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: matt04

The pipe in that photo was near failure anyway, it’s 90% rust.


26 posted on 11/25/2012 7:49:32 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Vermont Lt

“Ahhh....the strip club is out of that area.”

Yes, it blew up
http://clubscoresnow.com
Mardi Gras is still open - next street over.....

I don’t go to Springfield after dark - during the day is bad enough.

Here’s an after-video of the explosion shot by some gang banger in the hood.(warning-language)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niyekuv5QlM


27 posted on 11/25/2012 8:32:22 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

You must be that skinny white guy that thinks every black person is a pimp and drug dealer.

Springfield is not the city of homes as it was. But you can take your skinny white ass back to Longmeadow and eat at Max Bugers on Friday night. Oh wait...you don’t go out on Friday night do you?


28 posted on 11/25/2012 8:58:53 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I’m a woman.

(you must not have listened to that video, they didn’t portray themselves as upstanding citizens as they were ID’ing unmarked law enforcement vehicles)

I didn’t realize there were FReepers working at the Spfld Tourism Board.


29 posted on 11/26/2012 4:52:15 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

I don’t care if you are a woman or not. It is clear that you don’t know what you are talking about. That street has more popular restaraunts and clubs on it than any other part of town.

I’ve lived here for fifty years and I get tired of the people from the surrounding towns coming here to get their pay...but then scurrying home and talking about how horrible it is.

Is it so horrible to want to tell the truth? I am not suggesting there are not problems, but it’s not Sodom.

And you ARE from one of the Meadows aren’t you?


30 posted on 11/26/2012 5:25:13 AM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I’m not from one of the meadows nor live there now.
I grew up near Boston.
My work takes me to Springfield on occasion, thank goodness not that much now, used to go to Springfield at night, no more, you can keep it - Hey, less line wait for you!

Thanks for calling me skinny - made my day.


31 posted on 11/26/2012 5:46:51 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: taildragger

To know they are a true *family-owned* generational, small business [conservative folks] makes the place more endearing.

Next time you’re there note the number of skid marks on the raod about 20’ from their 2nd driveway.............probably from folks who drove past and slammed on their brakes [like me]. :)

Worth a trip from anywhere!


32 posted on 11/26/2012 11:56:23 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: WVKayaker

Not so many years ago we had a few Krispy Kremes open in CT....they seemed to be well received...with lines forming for service by the news outlets. I see now, they are all closed...the only one in the state at the Mohegan Sun casino.

Generally, I think in New England, people prefer Dunkin. As far as the Krispy Kreme donuts I’ve had...they have to be eaten on the spot....you can’t hold them over to the next morning.


33 posted on 11/26/2012 12:22:10 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: libertarian27

OK...next time..I’ll try Mrs Murphy’s ...it better be good!


34 posted on 11/26/2012 12:27:46 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Vermont Lt

Nice....a colleague recommended I go to the *Student Prince*....I treated friends to the dinner....and we still laugh about how swarmy the area was...also how run-down the restaurant was. Eeuw! Not worth it. Sorry you take so personally the druggies in the dark doorways and panhandling.

Like many urban cities...Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, New Britain ...I wouldn’t recommend them for an evening out.


35 posted on 11/26/2012 12:40:42 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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