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Propane Explosion Rocks a Neighborhood for Miles; Debris Scattered over a 1,000-Mile Radius

A man was transported to the hospital with significant burns after a house explosion on Sunday. Neighbors said a blast went through the neighborhood, blowing out windows, rattling doors and forcing people to the ground after the home was vaporized in the gas explosion, leaving nothing but the foundation. Somewhere from beneath hundreds of pounds of rubble, an electronic greeting card kept playing “Happy Birthday to You.”

The incident is still under investigation, but it is believed that a propane tank inside the home could be behind the explosion. DTE Energy confirmed that the home had not been hooked up to natural gas since 2004, which led them to investigate whether propane was a factor. The gas lines may have still been active, despite no service to the home.

A propane explosion can occur anywhere the flammable gas is handled improperly. Although homeowners are at fault for many gas and propane explosions, gas and propane failures can be the result of improper venting, defective parts, leaking pipes, hoses and tanks, faulty installation and negligent maintenance and repairs. When propane tanks leak, the gas becomes highly flammable and can easily ignite by static electricity, an electrical spark, smoking material and fire. It is critical that experienced fire investigators are able to analyze evidence and determine the chain of events leading up to the explosion. A reputable personal injury attorney specializing in propane gas explosions can also help determine the cause of the accident. If it is determined that the explosion was due to someone’s negligence, those parties can, and should be held accountable.

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