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Carbon County gas blast: Burned man remains in critical condition
Carbon County » Pressure spike in weakened pipeline blamed for explosion.
First Published Nov 26 2012 11:29 am • Last Updated Nov 27 2012 09:32 am

A Carbon County man remained in critical condition Monday, nearly a week after he and a co-worker were burned in a natural gas explosion.

A spokeswoman for the University of Utah Intermountain Burn Center said Larry Lee Joseph, believed to be in his 60s, was still in the facility’s Intensive Care Unit. A second man hurt in the blast, Doug Jenkins, in his 20s, had been discharged as of Monday.

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Meanwhile, Troy Mills, deputy fire marshal for central Utah, has blamed the explosion and subsequent fire on a spike of pressure in a damaged natural gas pipeline feeding the Dry Canyon Compressor Station, 30 miles northeast of Price in Nine Mile Canyon.

Mills found that someone had used a backhoe to reach a pipe about 6 feet below ground, and the teeth of the backhoe had scored the top of the pipe and weakened it. That pipe exploded when a pressure spike traveled through it on Nov. 20, creating a crater 15-feet deep and 30-feet wide.

The freed, surging gas connected with an ignition source and sent the station up in flames, Mills said.


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