Methane/Sewer gas explosion
Posted by Amy Weippert on April 01, 1998 at 14:55:06:
I am working on a case that involves a dry mud pit in
a service station's bay. The pit was apparently suppose
to be filled with water, however, was not. There was an
elbow joint pipe in the pit that was not positioned
correctly and leaking methane/sewer gas into the bay.
When the attendent opened the bay doors the wind forced
the fumes toward a nearby hot water heater whose pilot light
ignited the fumes and caused an explosion. I am curious if
there is any information readily available to the public
concerning the dangers of methane gas and the need to keep
these types of mud pits filled with water? Thanks for
your help.


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