March 2011, Vol. 238 No. 3

In The News

5 Dead In Pa. Natural Gas Explosion

A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood in Allentown, PA on Feb. 9, killing five residents, leveling several houses, and causing fires that burned for hours through an entire row of nearby homes. A couple in their 70s lived in a two-story row house that blew up about 10:45 p.m. Three people in another family, including a 4-month-old baby, also lost their lives. The cause of the explosion was unclear. The state Public Utility Commission is investigating and looking for any violations of state or federal law. Firefighters were hampered by the difficulty of digging through packed layers of snow and ice to a ruptured underground gas line that was feeding the flames.

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