Propane gas is distributed differently than natural gas. Natural gas pipelines run up and down the street and are owned and operated by the natural gas utility company. Propane gas is generally kept in tanks or cylinders and is part of what is known as a private gas system. Propane gas is heavier than air, so when a leak occurs, it tends to sink into deep and enclosed areas. When propane is near a flame or pilot light, it can cause an explosion.
Many propane gas explosions occur due to an out‐of‐gas situation. When a propane tank empties and the propane company refills the tank, the company is supposed to relight the pilot light on gas appliances and examine the system for leaks, so homeowners are not injured or killed. Unfortunately, propane companies don’t always do this properly, and when homeowners attempt to light a pilot, or fugitive gas finds an ignition source, a deadly explosion may occur.
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