A fiery blast shook a rural Pennsylvania town earlier today in another troubling example of the dangers of fire and explosion accidents. At a time when observers in the oil industry are discussing the possibility of reaching peak production in coming years, fossil fuels have been making dark marks all over headlines for over a year. Beginning with the April 2010 coal-mine explosion in West Virginia, we have seen fossil-fuel related disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and even a sudden, devastating explosion in a Northern California community when a natural-gas pipeline consumed several suburban homes. So far, we have not seen anything on the same scale in terms of Nevada fire and explosion accidents, but there are plenty of alarming factors at play.
Just this week, Northern Nevada has seen a streak of rural fires in semi-rural areas that have destroyed several structures. So far, these Nevada fire and explosion accidents have not claimed any lives, but substantial property damage has occurred including serious damage to a classic automobile valued by collectors. Although winter weather started out strong, relatively warm temperatures have prevailed through January and February and may predict a hot, dry summer. Wet spring weather will yield heavy growth of vegetation that will die off in the summer heat, leaving the landscape blanketed in the kindling most suited to setting off Nevada fire and explosion accidents.
Developments in the Las Vegas area are similarly troubling. Even as Clark County firefighters are answering tough questions about possible abuse of sick leave and time off from work, budget pressures may lead to the closure of the Nevada Division of Forestry fire station west of Las Vegas. That fire station serves the Summerlin area and is a lifeline for Mount Charleston residents and visitors affected by medical emergencies and Nevada fire and explosion accidents. Residents are organizing quickly to try and save the station, which they argue is the only facility in the area that can provide reasonable response times for emergencies.
A constant threat of Nevada fire and explosion accidents lies in Las Vegas and Reno casinos. These incidents have thankfully been infrequent over the last few decades, but they do happen. Two infamous Nevada fire and explosion accidents are the Monte Carlo hotel fire in 2002 and the deadly blaze at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981. These Nevada fire and explosion accidents claimed dozens of lives, and in both cases victims and their families argued that insufficient safety and evacuation procedures and equipment increased the risk of injury or death in the event of a Nevada fire and explosion accident. Lawsuits arising from the first incident are still ongoing, and legal actions from the other Nevada fire and explosion accident caused the Las Vegas Hilton to pay some $16 million in settlements.
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