July 2011, Vol. 238 No. 7

Features

Investigating Catastrophic Events With AMI Gas Data

On April 15, 2010 at approximately 4 p.m., the quiet neighborhood of Calhoun, GA, 65 miles north of Atlanta, was rocked by an explosion. The force of the blast blew out windows within a quarter-mile radius and could be felt up to two miles away. Fortunately, no personal injuries were reported, but eight neighboring homes were destroyed and nearly 60 other homes were damaged. Insured losses from the event were calculated by the Georgia Insurance and Safety Commission to be in excess of $6 million. Four certified fire and explosion investigators employed by AGL Resources Inc., the parent company of Atlanta Gas Light, responded immediately to assist state and local authorities wi

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