For Immediate Release
Feb. 23, 2021
Following the incident in the 4600 block of Lanier Ave. on October 11, 2020, BGE crews worked throughout the night to canvass the area and found no readings of gas. Gas service pipes leading to the homes were pressure tested by BGE crews overnight under the oversight of Maryland Public Service Commission inspectors and were found to have no leaks. BGE’s records for this area show no recent leaks, no repairs or active project work and no gas odor calls in the last 12 months.
While the Baltimore City Fire Department has indicated the origin of the explosion was in an area where the gas meter was located, the specific cause of the explosion has not been determined. Soon after the incident, BGE retrieved the meters -- which were heavily damaged due to the fire -- at the homes involved. Additionally, gas appliances and other customer-owned equipment, including interior piping, were also collected. These items are being examined to determine if they were a factor in this incident. BGE’s investigation is ongoing.
As always, if customers have any gas safety concerns, get to a safe location and report it to BGE immediately by calling (877) 778-7798 or by calling 911. BGE will respond 24 hours a day to investigate and make the situation safe. For additional information about gas safety and what to do in a gas emergency visit
BGE's updates released during the week of the incident are available here.
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