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):
                               March 2, 2004

                               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 March 2, 2004, Airgas, Inc. announced its intent to commence an
offering of $150 million of a new series of senior subordinated notes
due 2014, as described in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1
and incorporated herein by reference.

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

(a)  None

(b)  None

(c)  Exhibits.

       99.1 - Press Release dated March 2, 2004


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

                                     AIRGAS, INC.

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

DATED:     March 4, 2004