Survivors of San Bruno explosion to address regulators

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Flames from a massive fire September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California on the day a gas pipeline exploded.

Survivors of a deadly natural gas explosion in a San Francisco suburb are preparing to testify before state regulators, as officials seek input on how to strengthen crucial safety rules for the pipeline industry.

The Sept. 9 blast in San Bruno killed eight people, injured dozens and sparked a fireball that consumed part of a neighborhood overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Residents are anxious for state and federal officials to determine what caused the 44-year-old transmission line to rupture, and how to prevent that kind of accident from happening again.

The California Public Utilities Commission will listen to testimony from residents and elected officials on Tuesday evening. Regulators also will hold public hearings on pipeline safety this spring in Los Angeles and Santa Rosa.

© 2011 The Associated Press.

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