Gas Leak Leads to Fatal Explosion in Apartment Building

ByJoseph O'Neill


Updated onDecember 22, 2017

Gas Leak Leads to Fatal Explosion in Apartment Building

This case involves an explosion in a small apartment building that killed an elderly female tenant in Arkansas. On the day of the incident, a resident of the building called the utility company regarding a suspected natural gas leak. The utility company failed to find the source of the leak, however they chose not to notify the fire department or building management about the potential leak. Within the next hour, one of the apartments on the lower floor of the apartment building exploded. After the explosion, it was discovered that the cause of the explosion was likely a negligently installed gas meter located directly outside of the deceased resident’s apartment.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

1. What is your experience with natural gas risers and/or meters?

Expert Witness Response E-012471

inline imageI have experience with the design of natural gas systems for residential properties so I am very familiar with natural gas risers, meters, compression fittings, and couplings. I design the systems and then typically a contractor installs them directly. Additionally, I am on the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Technical Committee for the National Fuel Gas Code. Our primary responsibility is to make changes and updates to the code, which covers the installation and operation of fuel gas piping systems, appliances, equipment, and related accessories, with rules for piping systems materials and components, piping system testing and purging, combustion and ventilation air supply, and venting of gas-fired appliances and equipment. Obviously a gas leak should never occur due to negligence in the installation of gas equipment.

About the author

Joseph O'Neill

Joseph O'Neill

Joe has extensive experience in online journalism and technical writing across a range of legal topics, including personal injury, meidcal malpractice, mass torts, consumer litigation, commercial litigation, and more. Joe spent close to six years working at Expert Institute, finishing up his role here as Director of Marketing. He has considerable knowledge across an array of legal topics pertaining to expert witnesses. Currently, Joe servces as Owner and Demand Generation Consultant at LightSail Consulting.

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