Forensic Engineering Analysis of a Shopping Mall Explosion
Keywords:Explosion, natural gas, underground pipe, distribution piping, gas main, utility clearances, underground electrical cables, gas leaks, NFPA 921, explosion investigation
AbstractOn May 7, 2009 a catastrophic explosion occurred at a shopping mall located just outside of Washington, D.C. As a result of the explosion, several persons, including multiple firefighters, were injured, and a large portion of the mall was destroyed. This paper examines the cause of the explosion.
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