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Safety Recommendation P-96-013
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:45 P.M. ON 6/9/94, A 2-INCH-DIAMETER STEEL GAS SERVICE LINE THAT HAD BEEN EXPOSED DURING EXCAVATION SEPARATED AT A COMPRESSION COUPLING ABOUT 5 FEET FROM THE NORTH WALL OF JOHN T. GROSS TOWERS, AN EIGHT-STORY RETIREMENT HOME OPERATED BY THE ALLENTOWN HOUSING AUTHORITY AT ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE FAILED UGI UTILITIES, INC,. (UGI) SERVICE LINE RELEASED NATAURAL GAS AT 55 PSIG PRESSURE, & THE ESCAPING GAS FLOWED UNDERGROUND TO GROSS TOWERS. THE GAS PASSED THROUGH OPENINGS IN THE BUILDING FOUNDATION, ENTERED THE MECHANICAL ROOM THROUGH FLOOR VENTS, & MIGRATED TO OTHER BUILDING FLOORS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS: URGE ITS MEMBERS TO INSTRUCT THEIR INSPECTOR TO REPORT OBSERVED OF SUSPECTED DAMAGE TO A BURIED FACILITY, INCLUDING LACK OF SUPPORT, TO THE OWNER IMMEDIATELY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Allentown, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MP003
Accident Reports:
UGI Utilities, Inc., Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-96-01
Accident Date: 6/9/1994
Issue Date: 3/6/1996
Date Closed: 6/13/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: International Association of Fire Chiefs (Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: International Association of Fire Chiefs
Date: 6/13/1996
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT ITS DISTRIBUTION, AS INDICATED, MORE THAN MEETS THE RECOMMEND ACTION. THEREFORE, P-96-13, HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--EXCEED RECOMMENDED ACTION." THE BOARD NOTES THAT YOUR ARTICLE CORRECTLY STATES NTSB/PIPELINE ACCIDENT REPORT 96-01 MAY BE ORDER THROUGH NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFO SERVICE; HOWEVER, THE BOARD WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE REPORT TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS, WITHOUT CHARGE, UNTIL OUR SUPPLY IS EXHAUSTED. THE BOARD APPRECIATES YOUR PROMPT ATTENTION TO THIS RECOMMENDATION & YOUR COMMITMENT TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY.

From: International Association of Fire Chiefs
To: NTSB
Date: 3/29/1996
Response: THE ATTACHED STORY (ENTITLED NTSB: PIPELINE INSPECTION WARNING) WILL BE FEATURED IN THE IFACF'S NEWS LETTER, ON SCENE, WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS LINK WITH ALL 11,000 IAFC MEMBERS & FIRE DEPARTMENTS. ADDITIONALLY, THE SAME STORY WILL BE POSTED ON THE ICHIEFS ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE INTERNET. ADDITIONALLY, AN OFFICIAL IAFC PRESS BULLETIN ON SAME WILL BE SENT TO ALL FIRE TRADE JOURNALS & PUBLIC SAFETY GROUPS.