[UPDATE 5:00pm 3/1: PT’s website indicates that service interruptions will be worse than previously thought, lasting several days.]
[UPDATE 6:13am – Pierce Transit’s website announces that “Emergency fueling efforts were successful and all Pierce Transit service is operating on schedule.” Very nicely done on a logistically difficult operation.]
[UPDATE 7:50pm – video from KING5 above]
[UPDATE from Martin 7:31pm: PT Spokesman Lind Simonsen says the explosion occurred at 5:05pm in the building that houses the natural gas compressors for the fueling station. The damage was limited to that building. All PT staff are accounted for and there are no injuries.
The site has not yet cooled down enough to be properly inspected. PT has a contingency plan to fuel PT and ST buses that run on CNG, but there are likely to be service disruptions in the morning. Check the PT website for service updates, possibly tonight but certainly by 5:30am or so tomorrow.]
Just after 5pm today, a natural gas explosion occurred at a bus barn behind the Pierce Transit administration building. From what we can gather, it looks like it might have occurred while a bus using compressed natural gas was being refueled. According to a radio report I heard shortly before 6, at least one bus is a total loss but thankfully there are no injuries. We don’t know much more than what local media is reporting right now. We’ll post any major updates so stay tuned.