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Northwest Baltimore gas explosion: a timeline of events

Monday, Aug. 10

9:54 a.m: Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. receives a call from the Baltimore City Fire Department to respond to the scene of a gas explosion in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood, just behind Reisterstown Road Plaza shopping center, in Northwest Baltimore.

11:18 a.m.: The Baltimore firefighters union characterizes the explosion as a “major 3 alarm incident.” A three-alarm fire designation is issued for large-scale fires, medical emergencies or rescue operations. Over 200 personnel from the Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore County Fire Department and Howard County Fire Department eventually arrive at the scene.


Noon: Baltimore City Fire Department officials hold a news conference and announce that one woman was killed in the explosion, four people had been transported to a hospital in serious condition and fire personnel were continuing their search for at least one other person.

Around 12:15 p.m.: Rescue crews remove a woman from the debris to cheers from neighbors. Shortly after, they freed a man.


3 p.m.: Baltimore City Fire Department holds another news conference. At this point, six people had been transported to area hospitals with injuries. The scene remains an active rescue operation. BGE crews shut off gas to some homes but were unable to access others because of debris due to the explosion. The cause of the explosion remains unknown.

6 p.m.: Crews continue to sort through debris at the scene.

7 p.m.: The Baltimore Fire Department announces that a seventh person has been transported to a hospital with injuries.

8:52 p.m.: BGE announces that all gas service to a portion of the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road has been shut off and that the cause of the explosion remains unknown. The utility said no gas readings were found in any of the buildings and no leaks were found on the Labyrinth Road gas main or services. BGE said its most recent inspection of the gas mains and services in the area occurred in June and July of 2019 and did not identify any leaks.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

1 a.m.: A second dead body is pulled out of the rubble.

10:45 a.m.: The family of Joseph Grahamconfirms that the 20-year-old Morgan State University student was the man killed in the explosion.

Noon: BGE announces that “after a thorough review of records,” it found no gas leaks reported within the past five years at the three homes leveled. The utility said it inspected gas mains and service pipes in the neighborhood in June and July 2019 and found no leaks.

7:01 p.m.: BGE announces that during the afternoon it resupplied natural gas to the portion of gas main and service pipes along a portion of Labyrinth Road that had been removed from service as a safety precaution. The gas main and service pipes successfully passed the pressurization test required to be placed back in service, the utility said. BGE also said inspected the gas main and service pipes with leak detection equipment and no leaks were found, confirming Monday’s leak survey results.


Wednesday, Aug. 12

10 a.m.: City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer said all the people who were inside the homes at the time of the explosion have now been accounted for and that the neighborhood is moving into the cleanup phase.

Noon: BGE crews worked to isolate the gas service lines of the destroyed homes and inspect the utilities in the neighborhood. The lines in the houses are no longer connected to the main and electricity was restored to neighbors’ homes.

12:55 p.m.: In a tweet, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young warned those affected by the catastrophe to beware of “predatory insurance fraud and contractors targeting residents in distress.” He said his team had learned of “potential instances” occurring in the neighborhood after the explosion.

3:35 p.m.: The Baltimore City Fire Department identifies the woman who died in the explosion and releases the ages of those who were injured.

The seven survivors include a 34-year-old man who remains in critical condition, and two men, ages 20 and 65, who are in stable condition, according to the fire department.

Four other survivors — a 93-year-old man, a 64-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman — all have been discharged from the hospital. None of the survivors’ names were released.


Lonnie Herriott, a 61-year-old woman, was found dead in the wreckage just before noon Monday, officials said.

Thursday, Aug. 13

6 a.m.: BGE said in a statement that an inspection of its gas and electrical equipment serving the 4200 block of Labyrinth Road “found that all of its equipment — gas mains, gas service pipes and gas meters, as well as electric equipment — has been operating safely.”

The utility company and various city, state and federal agencies are turning their attention to possible gas leaks in customer-owned pipes and appliances inside the destroyed homes, BGE CEO Carim V. Khouzami said in a phone interview.