Rupture of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline With Release and Ignition of Propane Carmichael, Mississippiby National Transportation Safety Board
operated by Dixie Pipeline Company was transporting liquid propane at about 1,405 poundsper square inch, gauge, when it ruptured in a rural area near Carmichael, Mississippi. The resulting gas cloud expanded over nearby homes and ignited, creating a large fireball
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On November 1, 2007, at 10:35:02 a.m. central daylight time, a 12-inch-diameter pipeline segment
operated by Dixie Pipeline Company was transporting liquid propane at about 1,405 poundsper square inch, gauge, when it ruptured in a rural area near Carmichael, Mississippi. The resulting gas cloud expanded over nearby homes and ignited, creating a large fireball that was heard and seen from miles away. About 10,253 barrels (430,626 gallons) of propane were released. As a result of the ensuing fire, two people were killed and seven people sustained minor injuries. Four houses were destroyed, and several others were damaged. About 71.4 acres of
grassland and woodland were burned. Dixie Pipeline Company reported that property damage resulting from the accident, including the loss of product, was $3,377,247.
The safety issues identified in this accident are the failure mechanisms and safety of low-frequency electric resistance welded pipe, the adequacy of Dixie Pipeline Company’s public education program, the adequacy of federal pipeline safety regulations and oversight exercised by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of pipeline operators’ public education and emergency responder outreach programs, and emergency communications in Clarke County, Mississippi.
As a result of the investigation of this accident, the National Transportation Safety Board makes recommendations to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Dixie Pipeline Company, the American Petroleum Institute, and the ClarkeCounty Board of Supervisors.
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