Raja Sarsour

Raja Sarsour was a 30-year-old woman who was fatally injured when a natural gas leak from a broken 2-inch line caused an explosion at her family's home at 4909 Magdalene Court in the Canterbury Woods neighborhood of Annandale on March 24, 1972.[1][2]

The explosion, the first of three, also killed two of Sarsour's children, 3½-year-old Sana and 2-year-old Samir.[1]

Sarsour was taken with burns over 75% of her body to the Fairfax Hospital, where she died early on the morning of March 30.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bredemeier, Kenneth. "Explosion Survivor 'Critical'."The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Mar 26 1972. ProQuest.Web. 12 July 2016 .
  2. Bredemeier, Kenneth. "No Tests made at Site of Fatal Gas Blast." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Apr 06 1972.ProQuest. Web. 12 July 2016.
  3. Whitaker, Joseph D. "Va. Woman Dies of Burns Week After Explosion." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Mar 31 1972. ProQuest. Web. 12 July 2016 .