Atmos Energy Corporation Natural Gas-Fueled Explosion

​​The National Transportation Safety Board held a public board meeting on Jan. 12, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of a natural gas explosion in Dallas that happened Feb. 23, 2018.

A 12-year-old girl was killed, and several people injured, in the Feb. 23, 2018, explosion that destroyed a single-family home. Two additional homes were destroyed by related natural gas incidents Feb. 21 and 22, 2018.

The NTSBs five-member board voted on the investigation’s findings, probable cause and safety recommendations as well as any changes to the draft final report.

In keeping with established federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this investigation will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT: A webcast of a virtual board meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST).

HOW: The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative staff or board members. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt is scheduled to hold a virtual media availability at 2 p.m. (EST), to answer questions about the board meeting, the NTSB’s investigation of the accidents, and the safety recommendations issued by the board.

The virtual media availability with Chairman Sumwalt will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. Journalists who RSVP to [email protected] will receive an email with the link and information about how the availability will be conducted. A recording of the availability will be made available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel as soon as practicable.

Watch the Board Meeting on the NTSB YouTube Channel


Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Closing Statement​ - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Staff Presentations