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Other Recent Pipeline Accidents With AM-Pipeline Explosion

March 15, 1990 GMT

Undated (AP) _ Here is a list of recent on pipele accidents:

Oct. 3, 1989 - A fishing boat snags and ruptures a 16-inch natural gas pipeline about a half mile offshore in the Gulf of Mexico near Sabine, Texas. The gas ignites, engulfing the boat in flames, killing 11 of the 14 people aboard. Investigators later determined that portions of the high-pressure pipeline, which by law should have been buried at least 3 feet below the sea bottom, had been exposed for up to 10 years.

May 25, 1989 - Underground 14-inch fuel pipeline explodes in San Bernadino, Calif., killing two people and injuring 31. The explosion occurred just 13 days after a runaway freight train derailed in the same neighborhood, killing four people and injuring 30. Although the two disasters were not officially linked, federal investigators said they believed the impact of the train or equipment used to clean up debris weakened the pipeline, causing the explosion. The pipeline was visually spot-checked after the derailment, but no internal inspections or high-pressure water tests were done before pumping was resumed.

Dec. 11, 1988 - Natural gas pipeline outside Carthage, Texas, explodes and burns, forcing residents of two nearby subdivisions to evacuate. No injuries were reported.

July 22, 1988 - Two underground gas pipelines, one carrying methane, the other propane, rupture and explode, sending flames 300 feet in the air and leaving a crater 30 feet in diameter and 25 feet deep in a highway near Topeka, Kan. Field fires were extinguished and no injuries were reported.

Sept. 9, 1987 - Pipeline near Kemah, Texas, carrying butane gas explodes while being repaired. Three workers were injured.

July 24, 1987 - Fishing vessel Sea Chief strikes and ruptures a submerged gas pipeline in Gulf of Mexico near Empire, La., killing two crew members. Jan. 30, 1987 - Natural gas leaking from a pipeline under repair in Colorado Springs, Colo., ignites, sending flames 45 feet into the air and injuring four people.

July 23, 1986 - Underground pipeline break in Petal, Miss., releasing a cloud of vaporized liquid propane which explodes, injuring 16 people. The explosion left a crater 10-25 feet deep and 300 feet across and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

July 12, 1986 - Natural gas pipeline explodes near Prattville, Ala., creating 300-foot high flames that destroyed four homes, melted cars and forced the evacuation of 200 people.


July 8, 1986 - Pipeline rupture and explosion sends flaming gasoline flowing down a residential street in Mounds View, Minn., killing two people and injuring one. Hundreds of residents fled the ″wall of fire″ as lawns and cars were ignited and roads buckled.

March 13, 1986 - Demolition workers accidentally sever a buried natural gas line, triggering an explosion and fire that injure 22 people in Fort Worth, Texas. The blast also leveled a closed car dealership and destroyed $1.5 million in new cars.

Feb. 21, 1986 - In the third such accident for the same company, Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline co., within a year, a 30-inch natural gas pipeline near Lancaster, Ky., explodes, injuring three workers and destroying two homes.

Oct. 26, 1985 - Pipeline explodes and burns in Fleming County in east- central Kentucky. No injuries reported.

June 19, 1985 - A ruptured underground 12-inch gasoline pipe explodes, touching off flash fires with dense smoke and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from offices and a shopping mall north of Dallas, Texas. One person was injured.

April 27, 1985 - Pipeline explosion near Beaumont, Ky., kills five people, injures three and chars a 12-acre area. The National Transportation Safety Board determined pipe corrosion was to blame for both the Beaumont and Lancaster explosions.