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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1996
Fumes from a propane gas tank stored in a furnace room caused the explosion that injured six children at an Ellicott City apartment complex Monday, the state fire marshall's office has concluded.Although the explosion has been ruled accidental, fire officials are discussing whether to charge an Ellicott City resident in the incident, which sent six children to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Four of the children remained hospitalized yesterday with first- and second-degree burns.The state fire code prohibits propane tanks from being stored in heavily populated places such as apartments, said Deputy Chief Bob Thomas, a spokesman for the fire marshall's office.
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Staff Reports | May 16, 2014
The Office of the State Fire Marshal says a propane leak in the basement of the business in northern Carroll County was the origin and cause for an explosion that injured two female employees Thursday. The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road, an area north of Westminster. According to the fire marshal's office, Heather Bree Harbi, 38, was transported by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center with first- and second-degree burns to her upper body.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 11, 2000
Firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak and explosion at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg yesterday. The initial report said an odor of propane was detected inside and outside the Kmart garage at the shopping mall. One employee was overcome by the odor and taken to the hospital, officials said. The employee was not identified. Firefighters using devices that detect gas leaks found no evidence of propane and no evidence of an explosion, said Lt. Ken Fischer of Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
When 89-year-old Waunita Ohler had to make three calls this winter to her propane supplier for emergency deliveries to avoid running out, the Elkridge mobile home park resident knew there was a problem. What she didn't realize was its scale: A national shortage caused by what some call a "perfect storm" of factors has affected millions and sent prices soaring by more than two-thirds. "Deliveries have been late in the past, but never have I run out of gas this way," said Ohler, who has used propane for cooking and to heat her home for 28 years.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | October 14, 1996
SAN DIEGO -- Leon Fields was squirting WD-40 under his Winnebago camper to stop corrosion, one of the advertised "1,000 uses" for the spray lubricant, when the can touched a live wire and another piece of metal and burst into a fiery ball of oil and propane."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEW SERVICE | June 29, 2006
Federal regulators charged yesterday that a subsidiary of BP PLC manipulated the price of propane two years ago by cornering the market, pushing up heating costs for millions of households at the peak of winter demand. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission charges that at least six current and former employees at a unit of BP North America squeezed the propane market in February 2004, according to a civil complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. They sought to make at least $20 million in profits, it said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2002
A controversial plan to store 50,000 gallons of propane near two western Howard County schools was shot down last night by the local Board of Appeals, marking what could be the end of a four-year-long fight. Parents were visibly relieved at the ruling. It was a rare example of a development proposal prompting a change in county law and then being blocked by those new regulations. Projects are judged by the law in place when they are submitted. But after a setback in court, developer J. Chris Pippen amended his propane proposal - months after the new regulations were approved.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2002
SNOW HILL -- A week after a deadly propane gas explosion ripped through the serenity of this rural county seat, killing one man and injuring 17 people, residents are beginning to ask tough questions about the town's aging underground utilities. Many in the town of 2,400 are taking notice of what they say is the telltale smell of leaking propane that has been common around town for years. "I think everybody is just stunned, and they've had time to think about it, to be concerned," said Ruth Young, whose 87-year-old mother, Sadie Dryden, remains in a Salisbury hospital, recovering from injuries suffered in the explosion that demolished her Bay Street home.
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October 4, 1995
FireHampstead: Hampstead responded to investigate a report of a propane tank leaking on a gas grill in the 4300 block of Downhill Trail at 5:40 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 19 minutes.
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December 14, 1995
FireTaneytown: Taneytown and Harney responded to a call about a propane tank leaking in the 100 block of Carnival Drive at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out 23 minutes.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
It's the grilling season! How do you like yours done? Gas, charcoal or the new electric infrared grills? We asked Sam Hadzaman, an associate at the Home Depot in Dundalk, for some grilling advice. Gas or charcoal? How to decide? It's really a personal preference. For people who like a smoky taste, charcoal grills provide the smoky flavor they crave. These days, charcoal comes in hardwood, such as oak or cherry, which is pre-burnt and provides a different flavor because of the different type of wood.
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By Jim Kennedyjkennedy@theaegis.com | April 23, 2012
From The Aegis of Thursday, April 26, 1962: A disturbingly large leak of propane gas had Bel Air on edge 50 years ago this week. The news staff quoted a firefighter in the county seat saying: "Half the town was sitting on a bomb, but nobody lit the fuse!" A tank truck parked at Dallam Place was undergoing a repair to a faulty gasket when a leak was sprung and about 100 gallons of liquefied gas was sprayed into the air. Fire and ambulance crews responded to the scene, houses were evacuated and the area was secured for about three hours to allow the gas to dissipate.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Customers of a local propane supplier were unknowing charged a fee once they suspended service with the company, according to the Howard County office of consumer affairs. United Propane of Millersville in Anne Arundel County unfairly charged 39 Howard residents who discontinued service a "final processing fee," ranging from $12.59 to $250, which they had not been made aware of previously, the consumer affairs office said. United Propane denies any violation of the law, agreed to refund a total of $2,783.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2011
Two Baltimore firefighters were injured Sunday morning while battling a blaze that started when a propane tank exploded, officials said, bringing to six the number of city firefighters injured since Saturday afternoon. The injuries were not considered serious, said Capt. Roman Clark, a fire department spokesman. The city firefighters union Local 734 said on its Twitter page that firefighters were called to the 400 block of N. Luzerne St. at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday for an explosion on the rear porch of a row home.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
The fast-moving storm that swept through the Baltimore area produced no fewer than five lightning strikes in Anne Arundel County during a 30-minute period, damaging two properties. According to Lt. Frank Fennell, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the most extensive damage was at an empty waterfront property in the 100 block of Edgewater Road in Edgewater. The owners were away, but neighbors reported the fire that investigators determined was caused when lightning hit a tree and then a nearby propane tank.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2011
Dozens of people were evacuated from businesses near a large Anne Arundel County mall Tuesday morning after a cylinder carrying 250 gallons of highly flammable propane began leaking. The leak erupted when the cylinder fell from a forklift and broke a valve, according to a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on the construction site of a LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant on Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. People within a half-mile radius of the site — most of them in businesses — were told to leave the area, said the spokesman, Capt.
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June 6, 1997
FireWinfield: Firefighters responded at 7: 54 a.m. Wednesday to an odor of propane gas in the 5900 block of Woodbine Road. Units were out 30 minutes.Pub Date: 6/06/97
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March 7, 2000
Fire Lineboro: Firefighters assisted York County, Pa., responding at 3: 22 p.m. Friday to a propane tank leaking on Myers Road off Route 216. Units were out 50 minutes.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2010
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport officials were investigating a possible propane leak in the general aviation facility Tuesday night, a spokesman said, but the investigation did not affect commercial traffic. The BWI Fire and Rescue Department began investigating an odor shortly before 11 p.m. in the facility, which is used for small, private planes, said Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman. He said the area was not evacuated and that no flights were affected by the possible leak.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2007
On Tuesday, a propane tank exploded, severely burning a 48-year-old man and heavily damaging three Hampden rowhouses. In September, a small propane cylinder exploded, setting a tent ablaze and sending revelers scrambling during festivities for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. On Memorial Day, a propane barbecue grill touched off a blaze that engulfed two White Marsh townhouses. Marylanders use an estimated 60 million gallons of propane annually to power home appliances, to fuel heating systems and to provide the flames for barbecue grills and stoves.
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