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Gas Pipeline Blowout Photos

The following photos of a pipeline blowout near Appomattox, VA,  were e-mailed to me by a friend. If you're the photographer and want credit or removal please contact me.  I felt they needed to be shown to encourage anyone who even thinks of excavating where there might be an underground pipeline, to first call Dig Safe (Northeast U.S.,) One Call (Texas,)  or the appropriate agency in your area.   The number to call before you dig anywhere near a pipeline is 811 for most of the United States. In Canada you can also call 811 in most of the country. It's better to dial 811 than have to dial 911 later. You can visit the Dig Safe website for state specific information here:  Dig Safe Website    You can call One Call in Texas at 1-800-245-4545.   If you work in the oil and gas industry, or any other profession, where you may be digging near live pipelines, keep the numbers for your state handy, or call 811.

Most pipelines, whether they are small gathering lines or cross country transmission lines, have signage placed conspicuously anywhere the pipeline crosses a road or highway, plus warning signs ever few yards along the path. Below is an example of a pipeline warning sign, and below it are what could happen if you ignore a pipeline warning sign.

 gas pipeline warning sign Example of a pipeline warning sign placed along the right of way through property.

The natural gas pipeline explosion below did not occur as a result of digging but because of corrosion. The explosion occurred Sept 14th, 2008 near Appomattox Virginia on a natural gas transmission line owned by Williams Energy. Five persons were injured and over one hundred homes, including the ones in the photo were damaged or destroyed. No deaths resulted from this explosion and that is amazing.

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Photos of natural gas pipeline explosion and home destroyed.

Remember to call Dig Safe, at 811, or the appropriate state number such as One Call in Texas at 1-800-245-4545. The life you save may not just be your own, but those of many others who could be killed by a major blast such as the one in the pipeline blowout photos above.

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