Explosion Accidents

When gas expands abruptly and violently, an explosion is most likely to follow. Though explosion accidents do not occur often, these, nonetheless pose many serious threats, such as heavy and extensive damage to properties, severe injuries, trauma, and death. The ones who get severely injured are usually those closest to the site of a blast, those who are farther away, however, may also sustain serious or fatal injuries that hurling pieces of shattered glass or objects can cause.

Explosions create balls of flame, scorching heat, an ear-piercing loud noise, thick, black smoke that can easily suffocate a person and, shock waves with such power to knock down doors and walls, as well as smash glass doors and glass windows. These can also fling injurious items to various directions which can injure and knock people down.

Some of the most common causes of explosions are bombs, leaking gas pipelines, gas or oil tankers, propane gas, gas stoves, natural gas used in boilers and furnaces, and agricultural fertilizers, which contain ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance. Explosions that occur in enclosed spaces, such as inside a building or a mine, are always more intense and dangerous.

Besides severe injuries and trauma or shock, non-fatal explosion injuries can include cuts or lacerations, severe burns, broken bones, fractures, lung injury, loss of limb, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and death.

The most common causes of explosions include bombs, leaking gas pipelines, gas or oil tankers, propane gas, gas stoves, natural gas used in boilers and furnaces, propane gas, and agricultural fertilizers which contain ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance. Unless an explosion in open space is totally massive, one that occurs in an enclosed space, like inside a building or a mine, will remain more intense and more dangerous.

While explosions occurring inside houses and offices, where natural gas is commonly used, can destroy said structures, those that can cause huge damage to properties and loss of many lives is that which occurs in industrial factories or plants, oil rigs, or manufacturing facilities.

The May 1988 explosion of the Pepcon rocket fuel (ammonium percolate) plant in Henderson, Nevada, is one example of a very destructive explosion; it is also one of the worst explosion accidents in the U.S. The explosion of this manufacturing facility, where rocket fuel for the U.S. space shuttle program was made, killed two people and injured more than 300 others; it was also felt as far as 600 miles away and left the $100 million plant totally destroyed.

Investigators believed that the explosion was caused by welders, who accidentally ignited drums of ammonium percolate, while making new storage containers. The problem was that the place was stacked with sealed drums of ammonium percolate.

Chemical or manufacturing plant explosions are accidental; however, an innocent victim, who is left with severe or disabling injuries cannot and should never be left to suffer the consequences of an accident that is a result to someone else’s carelessness or negligence. A lawsuit filed against a person liable for an accident is civil in nature and, under the law, a civil lawsuit that is decided in favor of an innocent victim will allow such victim to seek and receive compensation from the person and/or company at fault.

It is mentioned in the website of the law firm Williams Kherkher, “If you or someone you love has been seriously injured, or someone close to you has been killed by an explosion, you, no doubt, are fighting through an extremely difficult time for several reasons. Perhaps the last thing you want to think about is the prospect of taking on a corporate giant in court, but before you shy away from that possibility, you owe it to yourself to contact an explosion attorney, who may be able to help you plan out the best course of legal action to take, to hold the responsible party liable for their negligent or reckless act.

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