Pipeline Explodes, Two Dead, 31 Injured, 11 Homes Destroyed

by Kenneth K. Kienow, Kienow Associates Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Design and Installation


A high pressure pipeline in a suburb of San Bernardino, California exploded in a deadly fireball on May 25, 1989. Damaged as a result of a train wreck several weeks earlier, or by the procedures employed in removing the wreckage, the 14-inch steel pipeline was carrying gasoline at 1700 psi pressure at the time of the rupture. The circumstances surrounding the train wreck and subsequent pipeline explosion are discussed. Recommendations regarding hazardous liquid pipelines in urban neighborhoods to lessen the toll in property damage and lost lives by preventing such incidents in the future are made.

Subject Headings: Steel pipes | Pipelines | Pressure pipes | Explosions | Hazardous materials | Forensic engineering | Suburbs | Residential location | California | United States

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