The family of Linda "Michellita" Rogers recently settled a lawsuit filed against Atomos Energy Corporation. The subject of the family's suit was a natural gas explosion that occurred in their home resulting in the death of their 12-year-old daughter, Linda Rodgers. The explosion, which occurred on February 23, 2018, was likely the result of a gas leak in the family's home. Linda was up early that morning, getting ready for a cheerleading competition she was to participate in later that day. Linda filmed herself as she prepared and can be seen fixing her hair until the screen fills with fiery sparks, and then goes dark. Linda was found under her dresser drawers by her parents and rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Russell McElyea is suing Atmos Energy Corporation after being severely burned when his friend's home exploded due to a gas leak. On May 14, 2017, Mr. McElyea was visiting his friend Raul Pedroza at his home in Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Pedroza was preparing lunch when he lit his stove, causing the house to explode in a gaseous fireball. McElyea managed to grab Pedroza and drag him out the front door just before an additional explosion occurred in the home. McElyea suffered burns to his face and arms and even went into a coma shortly after the incident. Pedroza sustained serious burns to more than 70 percent of his body, eventually succumbing to his wounds. According to the lawsuit, Atmos failed to properly warn Pedroza and himself of the dangers associated with gas leaks.
In July of 2018, an explosion occurred during construction at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas. The explosion killed three construction workers and left 12 with blast or burn injuries. Investigators concluded that the explosion was caused when natural gas flowed from disconnected lines into a boiler room.
Natural gas has become a modern-day convenience that most of us can't seem to live without. Used for everything from heating, cooking, and electricity generation, this ubiquitous fuel source has woven itself into our every day lives and infrastructure. Unfortunately for many places in Texas, that weaving of natural gas pipelines happened many decades ago and we have built our homes and cities around these inherently dangerous gas meters without much afterthought of how society will flow around them.
Richard Bouder, 54, was killed in July of 2017 by a gas explosion when he suffered fatal injuries due to flying debris. Bouder, an employee of UGI Utilities, was investigating a potential gas leak at a residence in Lancaster County Pennsylvania at the time of the explosion. Bounder was the utility worker dispatched to the home after reports of gas odor. The explosion leveled the home, killed Richard Bouder, and injured two others.
On February 23, a fatal gas explosion occurred in a northwest Dallas neighborhood. The explosion leveled a family's home severely injuring four people and killing 12-year-old girl. Following the explosion, more than 300 other residences, including 2,800 people, were evacuated from the neighborhood.
A recent explosion at a La Porte gas plant on Wednesday shook homes and caused concern as far away as Baytown and Sheldon. Some people were treated at the scene for ear pain and dizziness as a result of the explosion.
On April 20, 88-year-old Dwain Spruiell and his wife, Cathy, were hosting out of town relatives when their home suddenly and unexpectedly exploded. The force of the blast leveled their home and shattered the windows at a nearby church. The Navarro County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the explosion, but the home's propane system is suspected to be the root cause.
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, seven people were killed following a fatal explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Springs, Maryland. The incident left an additional twenty-five individuals injured and as many as 150 displaced. Even worse, of the seven people who died, two were children.
On August 10, 2016, in Silver Springs, Maryland, an apartment fire and explosion resulted in the deaths of seven people. The fire and explosion also injured more than thirty people and displaced more than eighty families. Officials reported that the natural gas explosion occurred in the meter room of the Flower Branch apartment complex. After the explosion, there was a natural gas-fed fire that consumed the apartments above and adjacent to the source of the fire.