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New England News
6:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Study Focuses On Area Impacted By Gas Explosion

A study suggests this building, which was heavily damaged by a gas explosion in 2012 could be redeveloped as a catalyst for a Springfield innovation district.
Credit WAMC

A study released today envisions transforming an area of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts that was rocked by a natural gas explosion two years ago into an incubator for the innovation economy.

     The study suggests a combination of improvements to public parks, sidewalks and streets in concert with investments by private building owners would be needed to transform the roughly three- block area impacted by the November 2012 explosion into an area attractive to entrepreneurs.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger

A dog searches the rubble of a building destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Springfield, MA on Nov. 23, 2012
Credit SFD

A new law in Massachusetts sets a uniform standard for rating the severity of natural gas leaks and sets a timetable for making repairs.  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.

The bill establishes natural gas leak classification standards. It requires the gas companies to repair the most dangerous leaks immediately and produce plans for the timely replacement of aging pipelines.  Repairs must be prioritized if the leak is detected in a school zone.

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US News
8:17 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion

Fire fighters and utility workers at the scene of a massive gas explosion and fire Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 8:13 am

"It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake," Tracey Truitt, a lawyer who was working in a nearby building, tells the Kansas City Star about an explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a restaurant in the city's Country Club Plaza.

At least 16 people were injured and as of early this morning one person remained missing, the Star says.

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New England News
12:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster

Credit SFD

For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012.  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.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population

A worker boards up windows at the apartment building for low income people owned by Friends of the Homeless. It was damaged by the natural gas explosion in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.  There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and  a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Mass. Gov. Not Seeking New Regulations After Explosion

Governor Deval Patrick

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.

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.

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.

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