Major gas pipeline explodes in Louisiana — Reuters: Mushroom cloud reported, residents evacuated — 3rd blast in 5 days for state

Published: June 18th, 2013 at 1:58 pm ET
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Reuters, 1:25p ET (h/t Anonymous tip): A major natural gas pipeline exploded on Tuesday in Washington Parish, Louisiana, destroying a mobile home and causing an evacuation of the area but no injuries were reported, local officials said. The blast on the Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) pipeline, which transports gas from Texas to south Florida, sent a mushroom cloud into the sky and sparked a fire on the line, according to Lauren Ritchie, a spokeswoman for the Washington Parish sheriff’s department. [...]

WWL: Louisiana State Police provided video showing how the natural gas pipeline explosion in Washington Parish left only baked ground where trees and other vegetation had been growing [...]

KLFY, 12:00p ET: It appears the siding of a mobile home melted off in the gas line explosion in Washington Parish!

Times Picayune, 12:20p ET: “Now they will be able to get in and look at what happened.” It may take some time to determine the cause of the blast, [spokeswoman Vicki Granado ] said.

Watch video from the scene here

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10 comments to Major gas pipeline explodes in Louisiana — Reuters: Mushroom cloud reported, residents evacuated — 3rd blast in 5 days for state

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Ok, I get that many of the folks from Bayou Corne can be very difficult to converse with, and they would surely be spewing denials, but, these explosions are sure starting to seem coincidental, and one thing about coincidence.. it isn't always so. If homes and slab construction are in danger of exploding due to the build up of natural gas, then why are industrial sights immune? They tend to utilize slab construction!!! ..and gas can migrate long distances.. I will be more surprised if these explosions are not connected than if they are, and yes, I am prepared for the Bayou folks to jump down my throat about saying so. I do not expect the mighty experts to ever tell us for sure.. really, why panic folks? Cause their town might explode.. I am not fear mongering, I am adding 1 + 1 and getting 2. They slam enenews all over the place anyway..so, I am not likely to disenfranchise them..


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      ..and yes, I get it is a pipeline.. seems even more worrisome.. there are a whole lot of pipelines in the area.. One thing about solar energy.. NO PIPELINES!!!!


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      • irhologram

        Pipelines are corroded by H2S. rE: "Flash" theory. From the full hypothesis: "…chemical plants of all types will burn and/or explode, including biofuels plants, fertilizer plants, specialty chemical plants, petroleum-related facilities and more." The huge explosion in West (Texas) in April was at a fertilizer plant, which is simply a type of chemical plant. Geismar is located right on the banks of the Mississippi River…
        Gas plumes. Note: There's that popping sound again, heard right before many fires in the last year. That's probably the sound of a gas plume – hydrogen sulfide or methane or both – igniting, a small explosion. When these explosions are a little larger, they sound like fireworks or gunfire and may be mistaken for either. When they're really large then people have been hearing thunderous boom sounds, sometimes accompanied by a 'flash of light', and these large explosions can shake homes – or even damage them – from miles away…


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The locals don't want to lose their incomes, regardless of whether they might die or not.

      I agree, if the underground gas is coming up under lakes and homes, it certainly is going to come up under commercial processing plants, and if the morning air pushes back down into a ground layer, all it takes is one spark.

      Like I said in an earlier thread, working and living in Louisiana is becoming a large game of Russian Roulette. Soon to be the entire New Madrid Fault zone?

      Matt Simmons, RIP.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Old gas lines, or sabotage?


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  • irhologram

    From comments section of story link: "Woke up 5:20 am to the rumble of the gas explosion 10 Miles away….bright glow in the sky…interesting mornin n Enon LA…no one hurt thank God."
    From "Flash" theory. "The wee hours are when the atmosphere cools and contracts, which will push any hydrogen sulfide or methane floating in the atmosphere above closer to the ground, making explosions, fires and hydrogen sulfide poisoning events more common during those hours…"


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  • irhologram

    Well, yes, if you mean me. But, it's my home Florida I would be going back to. But nowhere is safe from subsidence due what is likely to be Methane clathrate melting…likely the cause of several new sinkholes every day…methane ice or "fire ice" is a solid clathrate compound (more specifically, a clathrate hydrate) in which a large amount of methane is trapped within a crystal structure of water, forming a solid similar to ice.[1] Yes, folks in the bayou had better get out now, before the stampede. So, until I see how things develope, I'm not going back to Florida, where, in a lagoon near my home, hundreds of Pelicans and manatee are dying, as is a dolphin a day.


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  • We Not They Finally

    MUSHROOM cloud for a NON-nuclear explosion? What's that about?


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