Washington, DC  20549

                                 FORM 8-K

                              CURRENT REPORT

                    Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of
                    the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

             Date of Report (date of earliest event reported):
                              April 23, 2002

                               AIRGAS, INC.
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Delaware                       1-9344                    56-0732648
_______________            ________________________        _____________
(State or other            (Commission File Number)        (I.R.S. Employer
jurisdiction of                                            Identification No.)

                 259 North Radnor-Chester Road, Suite 100
                          Radnor, PA  19087-5283
                 (Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (610) 687-5253

Item 5.  Other Events.

     Airgas, Inc. entered into a settlement agreement with Praxair, Inc.
resolving a suit filed against Airgas by Praxair in July 1996.  The April
23, 2002 press release announcing the settlement is attached as Exhibit 99
and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.  Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits

(a)  None

(b)  None

(c)  Exhibits.

       99 - Press Release dated April 23, 2002


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant and Co-Registrants have duly caused this report to be signed
on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

AIRGAS, INC.                         AIRGAS EAST, INC.
   (Registrant)                      AIRGAS GREAT LAKES, INC.
                                     AIRGAS MID AMERICA, INC.
                                     AIRGAS NORTH CENTRAL, INC.
BY:/s/ Robert M. McLaughlin          AIRGAS SOUTH, INC.
    Robert M. McLaughlin             AIRGAS GULF STATES, INC.
    Vice President & Controller      AIRGAS MID SOUTH, INC.
                                     AIRGAS INTERMOUNTAIN, INC.
                                     AIRGAS NORPAC, INC.
                                     AIRGAS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA & NEVADA, INC.
                                     AIRGAS SOUTHWEST, INC.
                                     AIRGAS WEST, INC.
                                     AIRGAS SAFETY, INC.
                                     RUTLAND TOOL & SUPPLY CO., INC.
                                     AIRGAS CARBONIC, INC.
                                     AIRGAS SPECIALTY GASES, INC.
                                     NITROUS OXIDE CORP.
                                     PURITAN MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
                                     RED-D-ARC, INC.
                                     AIRGAS REALTY, INC.
                                     ATNL, INC.
                                     AIRGAS DATA, LLC


                                     BY:/s/ Robert M. McLaughlin
                                         Robert M. McLaughlin
                                         Vice President

DATED:     April 23, 2002