Gas explosion involving a LPG cabinet heater

Energy type: 
LPG
 
Event summary: 
A Council notified Energy Safety of a gas explosion involving a LPG cabinet heater.
 
Accident ID: 
160528-01
 
Accident date: 
20 May 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
1
 
Equipment: 
Space heater/cabinet heater
 
Accident type: 
Fire and explosion
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Extended to the room and structure containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Energy Safety has investigated the cause of the explosion and determined that the QCC regulator that joins the LPG bottle to the heater had been damaged at some point. This damage allowed the joint to start leaking, and when the LPG found a source of ignition, it ignited explosively.