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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-76-058
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Synopsis: ON AUGUST 2, 1975, AN 8-INCH PIPELINE WHICH WAS OWNED BY THE SUN PIPE LINE COMPANY RUPTURED IN ROMULUS, MICHIGAN. PROPANE ESCAPED FROM THE RUPTURE, SPRAYED INTO THE AIR, VAPORIZED, AND IGNITED; FLAMES 500 FEET HIGH ENGULFED A 600-FOOT-DIAMETER AREA, DESTROYED FOUR HOUSES AND DAMAGED THREE OTHERS, AND BURNED 12 VEHICLES NINE PERSONS WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF THIS ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: INSTRUCT ITS PERSONNEL MORE ADEQUATELY IN INSPECTION TECHNIQUES AND PROCEDURES AND EMPHASIZE THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF UNDETECTED, UNREPORTED, CONSTRUCTION DAMAGE TO AN OPERATING PIPELINE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Romulus, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80304
Accident Reports:
Sun Pipeline Company, Rupture of 8-inch Pipeline
Report #: PAR-76-07
Accident Date: 8/2/1975
Issue Date: 9/17/1976
Date Closed: 7/29/1977
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Sun Pipeline Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: Sun Pipeline Company
To: NTSB
Date: 3/1/1977
Response: LTR. FROM SUN PIPELINE COMPANY: FROM OUR STANDPOINT WE DID HAVE INSPECTORS DURING THE PERIOD OF THIRD PARTY CONSTRUCTION AND THE LINE WAS CAREFULLY STAKED AND MARKED WITH AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE INSPECTOR AND THE CONTRACTOR, AS IN THIS INSTANCE, ALL TOO OFTEN THE CONTRACTOR AND ITS EMPLOYEES FAIL TO REPORT INCIDENTS. WE WOULD STRESS THAT CONTRACTORS MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE TO EXISTING PIPELINES.