On October 31, 2016, around 2:00 p.m., a massive explosion occurred while
subcontractors were working on the Colonial petroleum gas pipeline, the
largest conduit of gasoline in the United States. The
gas explosion killed one worker and caused at least 5 others to suffer severe burns.
It is reported the survivors were flown to UAB Hospital for treatment.
The explosion occurred in the Helena area of Shelby County, with smoke
visible from across Birmingham. It has been reported that at least 30
acres have been burned following the blast. There is also a three-mile
evacuation area surrounding the explosion.
The explosion is the latest in a stream of bad news for the pipeline. Following
a leak in the same area in September which resulted in the release of
over 6,000 barrels of gasoline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Corrective
Action Order to Colonial Pipeline Company, operator of the pipeline.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the workers and families affected by this tragedy.
Glenda Cochran Associates Attorneys at Law focuses its practice on
severe burn injury and explosion cases, having represented the survivors of many explosions
stemming from numerous causes, including pipeline corrosion. If you or
someone you know has been seriously injured in an explosion in Birmingham,
do not hesitate to get the dedicated legal representation that you need.
Contact us today at (888) 906-3955 for a
free case consultation.