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):
                                May 8, 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.

   On May 8, 2002, Airgas, Inc. reported its earnings for its fourth
quarter and year ended March 31, 2002, as described in the press release
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 May 8, 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:     May 9, 2002