13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City Gas Explosion - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City Gas Explosion

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - The National Transportation Safety Board taking on the lead role in the investigation into the fatal gas explosion in Gate City Tuesday morning.

Based on our research the NTSB has probed 119 pipeline accidents in the United States since 1970. In fact, this is only the agency's third such investigation in Alabama.

The last came after a natural gas explosion on January 22, 1999 in Bridgeport, which is in northeast Alabama.

Three people were killed and six injured there when a gas leak caused by backhoe leveled three buildings.

Gate City residents said they have complained about a strong natural gas smell for weeks in their neighborhood, with little response.

NTSB officials say their investigation is just getting underway. 

“By congressional mandate, we are charged to investigate all accidents that have multiple injuries, fatalities or significant environmental damage,” NTSB Investigator Ravi Chhatre said Wednesday.

Our investigation is just getting started too.

We have already filed official requests with Alagasco, the Birmingham Public Housing Authority and the Alabama Public Service Commission.

We are seeking records of gas leaks and how those agencies responded.

The PSC told me they would respond as soon as possible.

Alagasco said they could not provide the information because of the ongoing investigation.

Late Wednesday, the Housing Authority said they are reviewing our request and would respond in a ‘reasonable time’.

We will share those records with you as they come to us.
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