NTSB to decide cause of gas pipeline explosion
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal safety panel plans to reveal the results of a yearlong investigation into a natural gas pipeline explosion near San Francisco that killed eight people.
The accident last September incinerated a suburban neighborhood and prompted a national reevaluation of pipeline safety.
Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board will lay out their analysis Tuesday of what caused the rupture of a large Pacific Gas & Electric Co. transmission line buried beneath the community of San Bruno, Calif.
The explosion sent a giant pillar of fire into the air that continued to burn like a massive blowtorch for an hour and a half before PG&E employees were able to shut off the flow of gas.
It was the worst pipeline accident in a decade.