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4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: steve...
Date: August 13, 2023 01:52PM
Ring door bell footage was given to us of the devastating Rustic Ridge Dr. explosion this morning in Plum. Folks on this block tell me the heavy damage is their last concern, they’re only worried about their neighbors impacted.

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PLUM, Pa. (AP) — Four people were dead and a fifth was unaccounted for following a house explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed three structures and damaged at least a dozen others Saturday morning, authorities said.

Allegheny County officials said three people were taken to hospitals after the blast shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the borough of Plum, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh.

Three people were transported to area hospitals, including one who was listed in critical condition and two who were treated and released. More than 20 firefighters were evaluated, many for heat exhaustion, authorities said.





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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 13, 2023 02:23PM
I am curious what was the cause for such an explosion.

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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 13, 2023 02:24PM
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I am curious what was the cause for such an explosion.

Natural gas.



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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: hal
Date: August 13, 2023 02:26PM
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I am curious what was the cause for such an explosion.

Natural gas.

or meth lab...
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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 13, 2023 02:27PM
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gadje
I am curious what was the cause for such an explosion.

Natural gas.

Did you read anything about this particular case or you say in general NG is the source of these explosions?

Could they have been running a meth lab or similar illegal operation?
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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: August 13, 2023 02:54PM
badge, I believe typically these types of explosions are due to natural gas, maybe followed by a meth lab.
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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: August 13, 2023 03:21PM
Looks very much like this natural gas explosion:
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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: RgrF
Date: August 13, 2023 03:32PM
Well it is meth-alley adjacent, western Pennsylvania, so it's not a big leap to imagine.
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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: steve...
Date: August 13, 2023 03:44PM
Death count is now 4 adults and one adolescent. Cause is still unknown.

Emergency responders reported people trapped under debris after the blast leveled one house and left two others engulfed in flames, county spokesperson Amie Downs said. Crews from at least 18 fire departments worked to douse the flames with the help of water tankers from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the county fire marshal's office along with borough and county law enforcement. Imbarlina warned that the investigation would be a "slow and long process" that would include a lot of forensic testing and could last "months if not years."

Michael Huwar, president of Peoples Gas, said the company's checks for gas leaks underground and in the air as well as the consistent pressure verified at regulation stations indicates that "our system was operating as designed."


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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: raz
Date: August 13, 2023 03:48PM
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Well it is meth-alley adjacent, western Pennsylvania, so it's not a big leap to imagine.

Plum is comfortable suburbia. Those McMansions are well maintained. A bit larger leap to meth lab.



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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 13, 2023 06:21PM
My nephew knows the family. He is friends with cousin of one of the victims. Very sad.



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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: decay
Date: August 14, 2023 08:37AM
This is horrifying and sad.



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Re: 4 Dead, 1 Missing After House Explosion In Western Pennsylvania
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 15, 2023 10:59AM
There was a natural gas leak in an older wood house in my city a few years back.

The family was out for the day.

The fire department got there very quickly and put it out before the house became fully involved, so five damage was surprisingly localized.

But what struck me was the house being absolutely flattened, reduced to a pile of boards.

It was similar to maybe something seen after a major 'quake.

It was completely leveled.

Windows were broken on the houses on either side, but no one was injured.

While 'meth lab' has become a goto response the way 'texting, no doubt' has become the response for traffic collisions, for some people, it's not something that would leap to my mind.

However, somewhat recently in local cities, there have been a couple of incidents of people renting a house in a 'nice neighborhood' to operate a meth lab.

This still doesn't prompt me to leap to that conclusion, but it's not like it's only in rural NV or wherever.






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