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Dunne v North West Gas Board [1964] 2 QB 806  House of Lords

Gas escaped from a gas main caused by a burst water main. The gas travelled along a sewer and was ignited causing a series of explosions resulting in injuries to five claimants. One was blown off her bicycle, two young children were injured playing in the street and a husband and wife suffered injuries in their home. They each brought an action based on liability under Rylands v Fletcher.

Held:

The defendant was not liable. The Gas Board had not accumulated gas for their own purposes.
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