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Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt

 
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Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond repair but didn't kill anyone, authorities said.

Firefighters, police officers and gas company workers in the area because of an earlier gas leak and odor report were among more than a dozen people injured, authorities said.

"This is a miracle on Worthington Street that no one was killed," Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said at a press conference.

The explosion in a downtown area of Springfield, 90 miles west of Boston, blew out all windows in a three-block radius, leaving three more buildings irreparably damaged and prompting emergency workers to evacuate a six-story apartment building that was buckling.

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Re: Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt
another gas explosion? wtf??
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Re: Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt
holy crap
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Re: Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt
normal, usually thousands this time of year
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Re: Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt
normal, usually thousands this time of year
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Not quite.

[link to articles.marketwatch.com]
"Over the past two decades, there have been 846 "significant" accidents from onshore gas transmission, resulting in 33 fatalities, 173 injuries and $757 million in property damage, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

That comes to an average of 42 accidents per year dating back to 1990, with two deaths, nine injures and almost $38 million in damage.

The federal agency defines significant accidents as incidents involving a fatality or serious injury or at least $50,000 in damage in 1984 dollars."

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