Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO)

Published: October 31st, 2012 at 9:04 am ET
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WABC, Oct. 31, 2012 at 7:05a ET:

A huge fire was burning Wednesday morning in a New Jersey shore town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Flames were burning all over the cut-off barrier island of Mantoloking. There was a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it, with some flames shooting directly out of the sand.

Authorities believed a gas main may have exploded and quickly spread across the island. The small town, which sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, suffered severe damage during the storm.

Several homes were destroyed and continued to burn. It was unclear if the homes were destroyed by the fire or explosion or before it.

Firefighters could not reach the blaze due to storm damage on the roads leading to Mantoloking from the mainland. [...]

Oyster Creek nuclear plant (Green Marker) is 15 miles south of Mantoloking (Red Marker):

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9 comments to Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO)

  • Karnage

    God i hope they drain the lines without anything bad happening. Prayers to all you trapped out there.


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  • Mack Mack

    Thank goodness for ENENews coverage because the mainstream media is already quickly shutting the door on Hurricane Sandy and nuclear issues.

    >>>> This quote from the Wall Street Journal:

    "Hurricane Sandy once again demonstrates the robust construction of nuclear energy facilities, which are built to withstand extreme flooding and hurricane-force winds that are beyond that historically reported for each area," said Marvin Fertel, president of the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying group."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/APa4044219eb2b4df0ba009e8de72ac1aa.html

    The title of the article:

    "Nuclear plants weather hit from superstorm Sandy"

    >>>> And this from the New York Times:

    "Nuclear Plants Get Through the Storm With Little Trouble"
    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/nuclear-plants-get-through-the-storm-with-little-trouble/?ref=atomicenergy

    Maybe the headlines should have read:

    "The Nuclear Industry Can't Even Keep Their Warning Systems Working"

    (because a majority of the warning system sirens at Oyster Creek didn't work)


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  • Karnage

    This is our moment to shine….keep on it


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Someone should give holy hell to the Wall Street Journal for publishing CRAP! I'm no lawyer, but I truly believe that should be a Crime of some sort . That is false information and willful negligence on the part of keeping their readers informed and on the entire notion of looking out for the community's best interests. How Dare They!


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    • gr81 gr81

      Agreed. We pay politicians to lie to us and steal from us, and I really am offended when others, such as the Stock Market, Bankers, pseudo-scientists, NPP owners, etc., use politicians as mentors and role models.

      We really cannot afford all of the thieves and liars we are already saddled with.


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    • vivvi

      Ah but the problem is that the media are under no obligation to tell the truth at all. They are a profit making corporation. Truth be damned, they will print whatever suits their paymasters. People in the majority are just dumb-asses who will believe whatever they are told to believe, never stopping for a single moment to consider that their source of truth has vested interests in lying.


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  • Sol Man

    Now would be an excellent time to convert all of the NPP to cheap and relatively safe NG since we have an abundance of it, like was done at the Platteville, CO location.


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  • markww markww

    THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DRAIN

    There are gas cut offs– send some fire fighters by helo and take gas valve shut off tool that we all carry and cut off the main gas main valves then no problem

    MARKWW


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