Gas explosions can be devastating to people and property; if a person is unfortunate enough to be near the site of a gas explosion blast, severe injury or death is more than likely. There are different types of gas, and hence gas explosion, but they all are highly dangerous.
- Natural gas
Natural gas is one of the cleanest, most useful energy sources in the US; in fact the Energy Information Administration estimates that 24 percent of all the energy consumed in the USA comes from natural gas. Like oil and coal, natural gas is a fossil fuel, but it produces less harmful by-products than coal or oil. Did you know that in its pure form, natural gas is colorless and odorless? As a safety precaution to help you detect a leak and hopefully prevent a gas explosion, gas companies add that distinctive “rotten egg” smell before it is delivered to your home or business.
The gas that heats your barbecue is actually propane, rather than natural gas. Propane is common component of natural gas, but it is not natural gas itself. Propane is extracted from natural gas, and can be turned into a liquid, or “liquefied petroleum”, under fairly low pressure. This quality allows propane to be shipped and stored in relatively small containers, like the tank you connect to your grill. Propane is the most common liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which is why the terms LP gas and propane are interchangeable.
Natural gas is a combustible mixture of a number of hydrocarbon gases; the dominant component is methane, generally making up 70 to 90 percent of most natural gas wells. The balance is a mixture of ethane, propane, butane and pentane.
Natural gas explosions and propane tank explosions can both be incredibly destructive; the sad truth is that most gas explosions could be avoided, but for the negligence of a third party.
The experienced gas explosion lawyers at Cunningham Law in Phoenix have handled numerous gas explosion lawsuits across the country over the last fifteen years, and have developed significant expertise in this area. Our most notable gas explosion case victory was one of the biggest verdicts in Arizona state history. A jury awarded a family more than $43 million when a gas leak from a defectively designed oven range caused a gas explosion that burned two brothers, aged 12 and 3.
Take a look at our case summaries and you will see that the gas explosion lawyers at Cunningham Law in Phoenix are experienced at handling all kinds of gas explosion cases, both natural gas explosion lawsuits and propane explosion cases. We operate on a contingency fee basis; that means our clients owe no fee unless we obtain a recovery for them, so contact us today to arrange your free consultation.
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