Gas Main Rupture Ignites into Fireball

St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
A backhoe sits consumed by fire with flames jumping 30-50 feet in the air after a Laclede Gas Company crew broke a gas line in St. Louis on July 12, 2012. When firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno. Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured. Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis fire captain Bryan Radley waits for orders as he watches a fire after a Laclede Gas Company crew using a backhoe broke a gas line in St. Louis on July 12, 2012. When firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno. Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured. Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters discuss a plan of attack after a Laclede Gas Company crew using a backhoe broke a gas line in St. Louis on July 12, 2012. . When firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno. Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured. Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
A St. Louis Fire Department master stream protects a building as a gas line burns after a Laclede Gas Company crew using a backhoe broke a gas line in St. Louis on July 12, 2012. When firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno. Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured. Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break KMOX/ Brian Kelly
KMOX/ Brian Kelly
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break KMOX/ Brian Kelly
KMOX/ Brian Kelly
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break KMOX/ Brian Kelly
KMOX/ Brian Kelly
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break KMOX/ Brian Kelly
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters stand by during gas line break
St. Louis firefighters use cold rags to cool down while resting in a school after working a fire caused when a Laclede Gas Company crew using a backhoe broke a gas line in St. Louis on July 12, 2012. When firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno. Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured. Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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