2 Dead, 5 Critical in Baltimore Gas Explosion

A woman and a 20-year-old student are dead, and 7 people were seriously injured – 5 listed in critical condition – following an early-morning explosion on Reisterstown Road, N-W Baltimore, on Monday.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 30 residents utilized temporary shelter after the blast and that around 200 were affected by the explosion.

Fire Department spokesperson Blair Adams said the displaced residents would not be able to return to their homes Tuesday, but officials were working to bring them back so they could collect their belongings.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that it found no leaks in an inspection of the homes’ gas mains on Monday, and that their data indicated “some type of issue beyond the BGE meter on customer-owned equipment and is currently being analyzed by investigators.”

In September 2019, the Baltimore Sun published a story titled, “Baltimore’s natural gas system is increasingly leaky, raising concerns about safety and global warming.”

In the article, Scott Dance wrote:

Leaks are so frequent that nearly two dozen of them are discovered each day, on average, according to data the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reports to federal authorities. The number of leaks increased by 75% from 2009 to 2016 — amid what officials called a “dramatic” increase in the failure of pipe joints dating from the 1950s and 1960s.