On Wednesday, January 10, 1979, personnel employed by the Gas Service
Company, Inc.,began installing regulators to increase the gas pressure
in a downtown business section of London, Kentucky. The 7-inch-diameter
bare steel gas main was to be uprated from 4 ounces to 17 psig pressure.
Personnel continued through the weekend and repaired some leaks where
At 9:30 p.m. e.s.t., on Tuesday, January 16, 1979, natural gas,
which had escaped from a large corrosion hole in the 7-inch steel gas
main and had accumulated in several buildings nearby, exploded and then
burned. Five buildings were destroyed, two adjacent buildings were
damaged extensively, windows within a five-block radius were shattered,
and a truck was damaged. Two persons were injured slightly.