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Sat Jun 1, 2024, 06:03 AM Jun 1

Ohio explosion caused by cut gas line thought to be turned off, investigators say

https://apnews.com/article/ohio-explosion-gas-line-ntsb-39e29ef587b8de73df5aa58da4b9140a

Ohio explosion caused by cut gas line thought to be turned off, investigators say

A crew working in the basement area of an Ohio building intentionally cut a gas line not knowing it was pressurized before a deadly explosion this week, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday.

Updated 11:10 PM EDT, May 31, 2024

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A crew working in the basement area of an Ohio building intentionally cut a gas line not knowing it was pressurized before a deadly explosion this week, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

NTSB board member Tom Chapman said preliminary investigation shows workers were in the basement to clear out piping and other outdated infrastructure and debris from the basement and vault area — which extends underneath the sidewalk next to the building — in anticipation of a city project to fill in the area and replace the sidewalks. A crew of five people and a supervisor had been on site that day and four of the workers were there when it happened, he said.

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He said workers smelled no gas before they started cutting the pipe and knew there was a problem when they made the third cut.

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The explosion Tuesday afternoon blew out much of the ground floor of Realty Tower, killing a bank employee and injuring several others. It collapsed part of the ground floor into its basement and sent the façade across the street. Bricks, glass and other debris littered the sidewalk outside the 13-story building, which had a Chase Bank branch at street level and apartments in upper floors.

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