Chicago Tribune: Workers injured in Niles blast - cause under investigation : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Chicago Tribune reports an explosion occurred today at a suburban business. Hope this works:,2669,ART-40574,FF.html

-- J Wheel (motherof5@wellprepared.noregrets), January 12, 2000


I saw this on WGN news today. They said a gas leak was the suspected cause of the explosion.

-- Deborah (, January 12, 2000.


the gas leak story was "speculation"

A very similar explosion happened at ANOTHER recycling place on the south side of Chicago...1 or 2 years ago.

The cause was determined to be guys banging away on stuff and not realizing they had a pile of magnesium (hey- metals metal, so what) on the floor.

A spark caused it to catch fire and then caused an explosion, no natural gas leak, just ignorance.

I've been to the place mentioned in the article and the people working there that actually do the grunt work don't look too bright. I don't believe there was any "gas leak". I'm pretty sure it was just another case of ignorance at a recycling center.

and definitely not related to computer failure.

-- plonk! (, January 12, 2000.

i almost wrote this one off until i saw, "could have been a gas leak". you can try to compare this with an accident that happened two years ago but you don't have enough of the facts either to determine that this WASN'T Y2K related. too many pipeline disruptions today.

-- t (, January 12, 2000.

ok cuddlypuppy-

so how come this alledged possibly y2k-related gas pipeline explosion ONLY affected ONE building in that area and ONE room of that building?

even if it WAS a natural gas failure, it was contained to ONE building (and not a very large one at that). I saw the aftermath on the news this evening.

You're just noticing more things happening because you are paying more attention.

My wife bought a new car last year (a Pathfinder), I never really noticed them on the road before and neither did she.

Now that one is in the family, they seem to be EVERYWHERE! Can it be that all of a sudden EVERYONE is buying a Nissan Pathfinder?

So far, the only Y2K link to this explosion story is that it occurred in January of 2000.

-- plonk! (, January 12, 2000.


Have to agree with your observation about observations. More doomer than polly myself, I do have to question whether problems are really on the rise, or just more publicized in the current "y2k" climate.

still keeping my preps,

interested observer

-- interested observer (, January 13, 2000.

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