San Bruno Aftermath: a Look Back

The gas line explosion in San Bruno on Sept. 9 left a neighborhood devastated exactly one year ago.

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NBC Bay Area
The gas line explosion in San Bruno one year ago left a neighborhood looking like a war zone.
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Jodi Hernandez
This is the pipe that burst.
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Jacqueline Greig, 44, worked for the California Public Utilities Commission. Her daughter Janessa Greig, 13, went to St. Cecelia Catholic school in San Francisco, where she was student body president. They were both killed in the explosion.
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NBC 5 News
Jessica Morales, 20, was watching football at her boyfriend's house when she died in the blast. Her 19-year-old boyfriend, Joe Ruigomez, was seriously injured
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Greg Bullis, 50, his son William Bullis, 16, and his mother Lavonne Bullis, 80 (not pictured) were all killed.
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NBC 5 News
Elizabeth Torres was also killed in the explosion. She was not officially identified until five days after the blast.
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Jodi Hernandez
These were some of the first photos from behind the fire lines once the fire was out. Reporter Jodi Hernandez was among the first reporters to tour the scene.
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Jodi Hernandez
It looked like a war zone according to Hernandez.
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Every car on the street was destroyed.
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Jodi Hernandez
This is a charred newspaper found on the ground that included a headline that reads "Preparing for the worst scenarios."
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9NEWS
It was an eerie find to say the least the day after the explosion.
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Javier Castro
The damage and destroyed cars were each given a number for both investigative and insurance purposes.
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Jodi Hernandez
Homes were marked with spray paint as well. The color determines whether it is inhabitable.
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Jodi Hernandez
As you walked closer to the crater where the explosion happened, the cars were more and more damaged
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Jodi Hernandez
Work crews began the heavy lifting the day after the blast, but clean up continued for weeks.
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Jodi Hernandez
Home windows were shattered by the heat.
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NBC Bay Area
First responders gathered among the ruins to discuss their plan of action.
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NBC Bay Area
The explosion happened without warning, at a time when many people were just sitting down to have dinner.
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NBC Bay Area
Many people said they had minutes -- if not seconds -- to get themselves, their loved ones and pets out before a wall of fire and a hail of asphalt rained down on the neighborhood.
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KNBC-TV
Emergency officials declared 38 home destroyed. They said seven more homes were significantly damaged and dozens more were damaged in one way or another, but still standing.
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NBC Bay Area
A crater is left behind where the pipe exploded.
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NBC Bay Area
Engineers get a better look at the source of the inferno -- a broken pipe that left a gaping hole in the ground when it exploded.
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NBC Bay Area
Investigators check out a segment of pipe that was found on the street just a few feet from the blast crater.
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NBC Bay Area
Emergency vehicles lined up in the "ground zero" spot of the blast.
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NBC Bay Area
Some homes in the vicinity escaped fire but were still at risk of catching on fire.
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NBC Bay Area
Yellow fire truck hoses were a common sight in the San Francisco suburb.
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AP
An injured evacuee who wished not to be identified, touches her head as she walks around a Red Cross shelter the night of the blast.
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Jodi Hernandez
Orange tags means the home is unsafe.
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