The transportation of petroleum products is becoming a dangerous proposition because it is causing an increasing number of industrial explosions. However, this is not the only place that these explosions occur. It has become common to hear about a chemical plant explosion in this country every year. Because of all of these accidents, the need to hire an industrial explosion lawyer has been more necessary than ever. How Explosions Occur It is imperative that a gas pipe line does not have any leaks, but cracks can occur due to human negligence. It can happen at any time during the manufacturing or design process. If the pipe line was repaired, installed or maintained in a negligent manner, these actions can also damage the pipe line and cause it to leak. Determining the reason for an explosion is challenging, but it is not impossible when an experienced industrial explosion attorney is working on the case. These lawyers are not afraid to demonstrate exactly how large corporations are at fault in causing their clients' injuries. For example, some common causes of pipe line explosions include the following: • The seals, valves or connectors were faulty • The warnings and labeling were insufficient • Building or safety codes were violated • The odorization process was not performed properly The Natural Gas Pipe Line Explosion in Kentucky The latest industrial explosion occurred on February 13 in a rural area that is located about 100 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky. A natural gas line that transports this substance from the Gulf of Mexico to the state of New York exploded and caused three houses, two barns and six automobiles to catch fire. Two of these houses were damaged beyond repair. Early the next morning, fire fighters managed to bring the fire under control, but it continued to burn according to Kentucky State Police trooper Billy Gregory. After the natural gas line exploded, it left a 60-foot crater close to Highway 76 in the city of Knifley. This explosion was able to wreak such havoc because as it blew, large rocks were released into the air. Adair County Emergency Management Agency director Greg Thomas stressed the fact that these were not tiny pebbles that were flying through the air. Also, a 20- to 30-foot portion of the pipe line was thrown approximately 300 feet from its original location. How Residents Were Affected by the Explosion The fire marshal ordered the evacuation of 20 homes that day, and he will only allow residents to return when he can determine that conditions are safe. Two people were hurt in this incident, but their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Emergency personnel took the first call over this accident at around 2:04 a.m. EST Thursday morning. The rumbling that residents felt and heard prompted them to make these calls. After that, the explosion occurred that ignited a large fireball. Columbia Gulf Transmission's Response Columbia Gulf Transmission was aware of this issue right away because workers observed that the pipe line's gas pressure dropped at the time that it exploded. After becoming aware that there was a rupture within the pipe line, the company sent workers to the area right away so that the damage could be isolated. Employees stopped the flow of natural gas, but the fire continued to burn. Gas that remains in the pipe needed to be burned off naturally, so emergency personnel stood watch while this transpired. The 30-inch natural gas line in question was located 30 feet underneath the ground in a hillside about 100 feet from the highway. Knifley residents' access to energy will not be affected by the explosion because the affected line does not service homes in Kentucky. Fortunately, the area in which the explosion occurred was sparsely populated.