In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, residents in some storm-battered communities are living in fear of fire and explosions caused by ruptured gas mains that local gas utilities have not repaired, according to a report by ABC News.
Terry Moran, anchorman for the news program Nightline, visited the New Jersey shore towns of Bay Head and Ortley Beach, where some homes have burned or exploded due to gas line ruptures. During his visits, he spoke with residents who are living within earshot of hissing gas mains.
“Do you hear that?” Moran asks the TV audience as the microphone picks up the loud hissing sound. “That is the sound that everyone left in these towns is fearing the most right now. It is a hissing gas main. You hear it on street after street right up the shore. You can smell the gas in the air, and fire officials are concerned that these towns are basically ticking times bombs.”
He reports that “There are countless gas lines ruptured up and down this shore, and that is the main danger now: gas.”
In Bay Head, resident Mary Ward tells Moran, “Everywhere you go you hear ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh. Just the gas, all the open gas lines going. [I’m] just scared to death.”
In Ortley Beach, Moran questions resident Frank Mazzo, who has a ruptured gas main emitting natural gas right next to his home. “Have you called the gas company about this?”
“And what has their response been?”
“We’ll get there when we can.”
Mazzo continues, “Where are all these gas trucks? You got down the street. We got down the street. Where are the gas trucks?”
Moran reports, “The utility here is overwhelmed.”
To view the ABC news story, click here.
To read an Asbury Park Press article on gas leaks in Sea Bright, N.J., click here.