San Bruno, California Pipeline Disaster

On September 9, 2010, a pipeline rupture explosion occurred in San Bruno, California. At the time it was reported that a wall of fire approximately 1,000 feet high was seen. Thirty-five houses were leveled. The explosion compromised a water main impacting the ability of first responders to fight the fires. The explosion killed 8 individuals and injured 58. Defective welds in the 54-year-old pipeline were identified as the cause of the explosion. In 2015, there have been two pipeline ruptures in California, one in Santa Barbara and the other in Fresno.