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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-80-039
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 21, 1980, AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE DESTROYED FOUR STORES IN A SHOPPING COMPLEX AND SEVERELY DAMAGED AN ADJOINING RESTAURANT IN CORDELE, GEORGIA. OF THE EIGHT PERSONS WHO WERE INJURED, THREE DIED LATER AS A RESULT OF THEIR INJURIES. PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CITY OF CORDELE GAS DEPARTMENT: IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISH GAS PIPELINE SYSTEM MAPS AND RECORDS TO INCLUDE DISTRIBUTION SERVICES AND MAINTAIN ACCURATE MEASUREMENTS TO IMPLEMENT THE GAS SYSTEMS OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE PLAN.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Cordele, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80233
Accident Reports:
Municipal Gas Department of Cordele, Georgia Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-80-05
Accident Date: 2/21/1980
Issue Date: 6/4/1980
Date Closed: 3/8/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Georgia, City of Cordele (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Georgia, City of Cordele
Date: 3/3/1983
Response:

From: State of Georgia, City of Cordele
To: NTSB
Date: 1/21/1983
Response: CITY MANAGER OF CITY OF CORDELE, GEORGIA, LETTER: OUR GAS DEPARTMENT MOBILE UNITS HAVE IN THESE VEHICLES A COMPLETE SET OF MAPS SHOWING THE ENTIRE NETWORK OF OUR GAS SYSTEM. IN THE GAS SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, THERE IS ALSO AN ENLARGEMENT, APPROXIMATELY 8' X 8', WHICH OCCUPIES MOST ALL OF ONE WALL SO THAT A QUICK LOOK GIVES A COMPLETE PORTRAIT OF THE ENTIRE NETWORK OF PIPING, VALVES, ETC. AT THIS LOCATION, THERE IS ALSO A 4-DRAWER FILE CABINET AND ALL RECORDS ARE MAINTAINED HERE.

From: NTSB
To: State of Georgia, City of Cordele
Date: 1/4/1983
Response:

From: State of Georgia, City of Cordele
To: NTSB
Date: 10/13/1982
Response: CITY MANAGER OF CORDELE, GEORGIA, LETTER: FOR YOUR RECORDS, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OUTLINED IN YOUR LETTERS OF JUNE 4, 1980, AND OCTOBER 5, 1982, HAVE BEEN REITERATED TO OUR PERSONNEL AND ALSO SUCH ITEMS AS CUSTOMER PROGRAMS FOR NATURAL GAS ODOR RECOGNITION ARE IN EFFECT; A SAMPLE OF BROCHURE WHICH WE MAIL OUT TO OUR CUSTOMERS AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH GAS SEASON IS ATTACHED. AS TO OUR ODORIZATION EQUIPMENT, A NEW UNIT HAS BEEN INSTALLED AND PROPERLY CALIBRATED AND IS NOW IN OPERATION. YOU MAY BE SURE THAT IT IS OUR INTENT TO CONTINUE PROPER SURVEILLANCE AND WE ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THE VISITS MADE TO US BY YOUR LOCAL OFFICE TO REASSESS OUR OPERATIONS WHENEVER THEY DEEM IT NECESSARY.

From: NTSB
To: State of Georgia, City of Cordele
Date: 10/5/1982
Response: