Missouri Gas Station Suffers
Underground Fire Caused
by Static Electricity and Gas Vapors
November 13, 2003
Kansas City, Missouri- A routine morning
quickly turned tense when lids covering underground gas tanks blew
off at the Quik Trip gas station located at North Brighton and Vivion
Firefighters and police hurried to the scene of the explosion. No
one was injured but a man narrowly missed being hit by a lid as
it sailed passed him.
Reporters covering the story said that
static electricity combined with gas fumes underground, created
a combustible situation, and resulted in a underground flash fire.
Kansas City Fire Marshall's office spokesman, Tom Kievlan, said
that "It's more common when it's raining like this, this time
of the day and this kind of weather."
The station was closed for several
hours while investigators searched and examined the damage caused
by the flashfire.