gas explosion http://wamc.org en Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-law-targets-gas-leak-danger <p>A new law in Massachusetts sets a uniform standard for rating the severity of natural gas leaks and sets a timetable for making repairs.&nbsp; Governor Deval Patrick publicized the new law at a ceremonial bill signing today in Springfield -- a city still scarred from a natural gas explosion two years ago.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94280 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger 'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion http://wamc.org/post/it-felt-earthquake-one-still-missing-after-kansas-city-explosion "It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake," Tracey Truitt, a lawyer who was working in a nearby building, <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/19/4075290/two-alarm-fire-raging-west-of.html" target="_blank">tells the<em> Kansas City Star</em></a> about an explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a restaurant in the city's Country Club Plaza.<p>At least 16 people were injured and as of early this morning one person remained missing, the <em>Star</em> says.<p><a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/fire-hits-plaza-business" target="_blank">Our colleagues at KCUR report</a> that "Miss Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 58164 at http://wamc.org 'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster http://wamc.org/post/springfield-recovering-another-disaster <p></p><p></p><p>For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012.&nbsp; A natural gas explosion rocked downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As with the June 2011 tornado, the city went through a recovery period and is now looking to rebuild.&nbsp;&nbsp;WAMC’s&nbsp;Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul&nbsp;Tuthill&nbsp;reports.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:41:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 54675 at http://wamc.org Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population http://wamc.org/post/springfield-gas-explosion-adds-homeless-population <p>The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.&nbsp; There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p><p></p><p> An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and&nbsp; a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 52895 at http://wamc.org Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population Mass. Gov. Not Seeking New Regulations After Explosion http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-not-seeking-new-regulations-after-explosion <p></p><p>Gov. Deval Patrick isn't looking for any new laws or regulations after a natural gas explosion injured more than 20 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield.</p><p>Patrick told reporters Monday that the explosion was the result of human error and there's only so much that regulations or laws can do to prevent such an incident.</p><p>State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan on Sunday said the Friday night blast was caused when a utility worker accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52740 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Not Seeking New Regulations After Explosion