USA TODAY investigates: Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes

USA TODAY: About every other day over the past decade, a gas leak in the United States has destroyed property, hurt someone or killed someone, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds. The most destructive blasts have killed at least 135 people, injured 600 and caused $2 billion in damages since 2004.

The death toll includes:

• The explosion that leveled part of a New York City block in East Harlem in March, killing eight and injuring 48 more.

• A blast that flattened the concrete floors of an apartment building in Birmingham, Ala., killing one woman in December.

• A flash fireball in 2012 that left an Austin man dead, a scarred foundation where his house once stood and debris strewn across yards of his neighbors.

Read the entire article at: USA TODAY.


Author: Edward Segal

Vice president of public relations strategies for Return on Investment, Inc., one of the largest advertising agencies in the Washington, DC area. Segal is the former CEO of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS and the Marin County Association of REALTORS in Northern California. He is the author of two public relations handbooks including Getting Your 15 Minutes of Fame (Wiley) and Profit by Publicity (iUniverse); former marketing strategies columnist for the Wall Street Journal's; and a PR consultant to dozens of corporations and organizations including the Consumer Technology Association, National Association of REALTORS, Ogilvy Public Relations, Ford Motor Company, and Marriott. Visit his website at or contact him at

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