Originally Posted by shnz821
ok...so after further inspection of this flexible gas tubing, I see that it's a flexible metal tube (very similar to the yellow flex tubing) that is then covered in a thick rubber. I would assume that the rubber would reduce the conductivity if my house were to be stuck by lightning. However...after the house explosion (flattening!) in Castle Rock last week, I'm definitely worried now. Wish they would publish more information as to what exact problem with the gas line, caused the explosion.
The house explosion in Castle Rock only happened last Friday, it'll take a lot longer before what exactly happened is known. But, from reading the news reports, I'd suspect either migrating gas from leaking underground gas lines, or a major failure of a gas valve inside the home leading to a build up of gas. It takes a lot of gas building up to lead to an explosion like this. It says neighbors reported smelling gas before hand, but did they call it in to the gas company or 911?? I've gone to numerous gas odor calls where the people where smelling gas for days, weeks and in a couple of circumstances an entire year! That gas smell is there to alert people that there is a problem and to get it checked out right away, not later.
Sorry for the rant. As for the CSST line on your home, the concern about it is from lightening strikes, which, if the CSST becomes energized from, can lead to pin holes and then a fire if their is a source of ignition. Gas lines themselves don't just explode, you need: a leak, a sufficient build up of gas, and an ignition source. Proper bonding (basically grounding) of the CSST should bring that electricity to ground without causing pinholes.