Pittsburgh gasometer explosion

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The Pittsburgh gasometer explosion, or Equitable Gas explosion, was a bizarre accident that took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the morning of November 14, 1927.[1] A huge cylindrical gasometer, the largest in the world at that time, developed a leak, and repairmen were sent to fix it. The repairmen used an open flame blowtorch to find the leak.[2] This turned out to be a serious mistake. The leak was found, but the tank full of natural gas then floated into the air like a balloon and exploded, causing a rain of fire and metal over a one mile radius. 28 people were killed and hundreds were injured.


  1. ^ Brotzman, W. S. (25 January 1928). "Damaging Gas Explosion At Pittsburgh, PA." (PDF). Monthly Weather Review (Weather Bureau) 55 (11): 500. doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1927)55<500a:DGEAPP>2.0.CO;2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ Sebak, Rick (November 2006). "One morning, the North Side exploded". Pittsburgh Magazine. WQED Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 

Coordinates: 40°26′50″N 80°01′16″W / 40.4472°N 80.0210°W / 40.4472; -80.0210