Worries about frequency of gas explosions

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The death toll continues to rise after what may have been a gas explosion in Manhattan.

Questions that many people are asking: how safe is a gas pipeline? Should you be nervous about it being piped into your home? 22News did some digging.

According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, there have been nearly 360 deaths and nearly 1,400 injuries from significant gas pipeline incidents since 1994. There are more than 2 and a half million miles of pipeline across the country.

In November of 2012, a gas explosion leveled a building in downtown Springfield and damaged dozens of others.

22News asked people if it makes them think twice about the gas in their home.

“It is concerning, especially when you think about the water mains that leak, and the sewers that leak and the old, old pipes. It makes you think, it makes you want to know more about it,” said Shayne Deede of Florence.

The exact cause of the building explosion in Manhattan hasn’t been determined, but there was a call of a smell of gas just minutes before.

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