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(IndyStar)   "Say, now that you mention it, I got a text from my daughter saying the furnace in the unsellable home was acting up." Good thing all the residents were out of the house when it blew. Too early in the week for a caturday submission, though   ( indystar.com) divider line
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2012-11-13 10:18:31 AM  
2 votes:
The entire natural gas story sounds almost plausible. Building full of NG make BIG BOOM!

Furnace need not be the source, could have been a broken feed line from a gas dryer or stove, from the fireplace, etc.

I can even almost buy that the adults were out for the evening and the kid was with friends, but the cat?

Guilty or not, the cat will do them in.
2012-11-13 09:33:07 AM  
2 votes:
Furnaces don't work like that. Everything on the 24 volt circuit depends on flame rectification. meaning if there was ever gas flow and no flame sensed, the circuit would go back to its normally open position on the gas valve, killing the gas altogether.

Fraud works like this.
2012-11-13 09:18:10 AM  
2 votes:
Posted this in the last thread:

I'm just going to throw some numbers out, largely pointless.

Natural Gas.
Specific Gravity - 0.55-0.64(depending on additives) So Natural Gas is lighter than air, a leak in the basement would certainly fill the house top-down.

Flash Point - -306F
Auto-Ignition - 1004F
Lower Flammable Limit - 4.8%
Upper Flammable Limit - 15%
Energy Released by the combustion of Natural Gas - 37 MegaJoules/cubic meter
Assuming 30 cubic ft. house you'd have 849.5 cubic meters.

So for an explosion, at most,(keeping in mind the upper flammability limit) you could have 127.4 cubic meters of gas.

Which would generate. 4.7 GigaJoules of energy. At once. A little over 1 ton of TNT(4.184×10^9 J).
2012-11-13 09:25:34 AM  
1 vote:
The adults out at a casino, the daughter at a friends, okay. Lucky.

The cat was being boarded? I have cats, you can leave them home for a few days with a bowl of food and a bowl of water. The worst you'll get is some crap on the floor when they get pissed that the box hasn't been scooped. Who boards their cat for an evening out? That's like $30 a day, for a family who's heat went out a week and a half before that and presumably hadn't been fixed yet. In November (ie they're broke).

Yeah, that ain't suspicious.
2012-11-13 09:12:19 AM  
1 vote:

JackieRabbit: Up next: murder investigation. No simple gas leak could cause that.

Manslaughter, maybe. But a gas leak? Sure it could...we had one in Boston a couple years back, did about as much damage.

Paramedic I used to know told me gas explosions were weird calls...you'd have two dead...REALLY dead, no issues there...and about two dozen cases of cut feet, from all the neighbors getting up in the middle of the night to find out what blew their windows in...
2012-11-13 09:03:56 AM  
1 vote:
Drone strike. Missed him by that much.
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