Accident Description

Accident: Little General Store Propane Explosion

Location: Location: Ghent, WV

Accident Occurred On: 01/30/2007 | Final Report Released On: 09/25/2008

Accident Type: Flammable Vapor

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was approved by the Board at a public meeting in Beckley, West Virginia, on September 25, 2008.

Four people were killed and five others were seriously injured when propane vapors from a storage tank ignited and exploded at the Little General convenience store and gas station in Ghent, West Virginia. Propane was used as fuel inside the building, which was completely destroyed.