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A very brief history of gas leaks, explosions and firefighters

Share these video and audio recordings of gas leaks and explosions with your fellow firefighters


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The following is reprinted with permission from, home of The Secret List.

Gas leaks resulting in explosions and injured arriving/operating firefighters have a significant history in fire operations.

Here are several examples you can share with your firefighters.

1. Stafford, N.J.

2. Prince Georges County, Md.

3. Haverstraw, N.Y.

Radio traffic (listen from arrival to explosion):

4. Philadelphia, Pa.

5. Buffalo, N.Y.

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