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Oakland vault explosion, how it was different to San Bruno

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- San Francisco residents were relieved when the Oakland shelter-in-place order was lifted and the all-clear given after a gas line went on fire on Golf Links Road and Fontaine Street.

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ABC Local Channel 7 News reported that the fire in Oakland had erupted through cracks in the pavement at around 8:30a.m.

One Oakland resident feared the incident could turn into something worse and end up being a much bigger explosion and a much bigger disaster.

"All I could think about was San Bruno. I live here with my 93-year-old mom in this house. I'm getting her out of here," said Doris Limbrick, a resident.

But officials said that fear was unfounded.

"Naturally everybody is going to think of San Bruno, but right now we have everything under control," stated Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker to press.

But are the Oakland and San Bruno situations the same? No, say firefighters.

According to ABC News in San Francisco:

"The San Bruno line was a transmission line and had 400 pounds PSI; this is just a distribution line bringing gas to homes and only has 40 to 50 pounds PSI. "

Local San Francisco resident, Katie Adler, said, "Whether it was dangerous or not, it's a natural reaction to immediately think of San Bruno. I'm glad it's all over now."

Local Holy Redeemer College faculty and students were asked to shelter in place as a precaution. They were not evacuated.

Source: ABC Local

See yesterday's article by this Examiner: Breaking: Explosion at underground vault in Oakland, CA

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