Gas Line Safety in Light of NYC Explosion

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In the explosion in New York City, all signs point to a gas leak.

Minutes before the explosion, residents said they smelled natural gas in the area.

Eugene Stoltzfus, the owner of Eugene Stoltzfus Architects, said there are gas lines throughout Harrisonburg and generally they are very safe.

Lines are required to be inspected throughout the entire life of the gas line.

The most dangerous gas lines are those in older buildings.

Earthquakes and inexperienced repair men can damage active lines and that can have big consequences.

"There are quite a few gas lines around and its very safe. We almost never hear of a problem but every now and again something will happen. Natural gas is a very powerful fuel and that's why we have very high standards for how we put in gas piping," said Stoltzfus.

Stoltzfus also said older buildings can be great projects to renovate; however, you just need to be safe while working on them.

Before any work is done on his company's projects they check to make sure the gas lines are up to date and safe. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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