It is believed an unfortunate natural gas leak caused an explosion in a North Dallas Plano Home on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Six people were injured in what sounded like a bomb went off inside a home located at the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive in Plano. The blast leveled the home to the ground. Several neighbor's homes were also damaged. One home owner said her house "rumbled," another neighbor had glass windows blown out of his windows in a matter of seconds. One victim is in critical condition. The explosion could be heard several miles away. A ring doorbell captured the video at the time the explosion occurred.
Natural Gas leaks are rare but it can happen. Gas is odorless and colorless. That is why Mercaptan is used which smells like sulfur or rotten eggs. Definition:
"Mercaptan is also known as methanethiol and is a harmless but pungent-smelling gas which has been described as having the stench of rotting cabbages or smelly socks. It is often added to natural gas, which is colourless and odourless, to make it easier to detect."
Gas Companies warn that if you smell gas act quickly. The following are a SOURCE of an ignition to cause a blast:
DO NOT HIT SWITCHES
DO NOT USE A PHONE
DO NOT SMOKE OR TURN ON A GAS STOVE
In the event of a gas leak, there is no time to change clothes, gather belongings, clean house, collect your valuables. Everyone must evacuate immediately! Get outside and call 911. As soon as you can, call your Insurance Company or contact your landlord if renting. If you are a guest in a home or an Airbnb let authorities know. If children are in schools contact school authorities immediately and make arrangements for where your children should go. Get professional help and guidance from local fire and rescue. Act quickly without losing your head and keep emotions in check. Lives matter. Video cameras are rolling. Stay away from where the accident occurred. If injured or people are missing report what you know to 911 or Emergency Help immediately.