A day care next door to a gas explosion that leveled a strip club Friday evening is seen in Springfield, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the Friday evening blast that could be heard for miles, and that left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman’s Club once stood. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield’s entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the Friday night blast in one of New England’s largest cities was caused by “human error.” He didn’t Login to read more