Natural Gas Explosion Confirmed as Cause of Silver Spring Apartment Blast
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Aug 30, 2016 in Personal Injury
Investigators have confirmed that the violent explosion and fire at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring on Aug. 10 was caused by natural gas. The explosion killed seven people and injured about 40.
After conducting 100 interviews with witnesses, collecting and analyzing evidence, reviewing video surveillance, digging through the debris from the blast, and reconstructing gas lines, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that the explosion came from the basement meter room of one of the buildings.
Although investigations are ongoing to determine the direct cause of the explosion, the ATF has stated that no criminal act occurred. Investigators have not found any indication that there was unauthorized access to the meter room and no ignition device was found.
Residents in the apartment complex have reported that they complained of smelling gas around the complex in the days and weeks leading up to the explosion. One resident noted that he smelled gas on the night of the explosion, but did not have time to call 911 before the building went up in flames.
The Montgomery County Acting Fire Chief confirmed that the fire department received one call on July 25 to report a natural gas odor at the apartment complex. Upon further inspection of the building, the department stated that a gas-detecting meter reading came back negative.
On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) took over the investigation and will conduct its own probe into the incident to determine a cause or probable cause for the explosion. The NTSB is expected to complete its investigation within the coming year.
At Goldberg Finnegan, our Silver Spring personal injury law firm is here to assist those who have been injured, lost a loved one or who have been displaced because of this tragic incident. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.
We are handling claims related to this explosion on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any legal fees unless you recover compensation.