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Maryland Officials Warned About Faulty Propane

Maryland is one of 12 states being warned about a potentially deadly problem with propane shipped in from an Illinois plant, following a deadly construction accident in Massachusetts this past July. On Wednesday of this week, Aux Sable Liquid Products sent a letter warning state officials that propane shipped from the plant may have been lacking in the odorant that is usually added to the gas before commercial distribution.

Propane leaks can usually be identified by the distinctive smell that accompanies them. Propane, itself, is mostly scentless. However, so-called "odorants," such as ethanol, are commonly added so that propane users have another line of defense in the event of a gas leak.

Without the odorant, such leaks could be much harder to identify and necessary action could be delayed at the peril of individuals close to the gas leak.

The company has suspended shipments of propane until the matter could be resolved and is working with safety officials to determine whether or not there is a problem and how big that problem may be.

Concerns were first raised following an explosion at a construction site in Massachusetts. One worker was killed and several other workers and emergency responders were injured in the blast and immediately following.

The cause of the explosion was traced to a propane leak at the construction site, though other workers claimed that they never smelled anything prior to the accident.

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  • APNewsBreak: 12 states warned about faulty propane (Associated Press)

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