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Utility worker pierced pipe
before Mass. gas blast

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 11/25/2012 5:09:16 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A utility worker responding to reports of a natural gas leak in one of New England´s largest cities punctured a pipe and an unknown spark ignited a massive explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings, the state fire marshal announced Sunday. (Snip) Preliminary reports showed the blast damaged 42 buildings housing 115 residential units. Three buildings were immediately condemned, and 24 others require additional inspections by structural engineers to determine whether they are safe. The building that housed the Scores Gentleman´s Club was completely

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A miracle no one was killed. Dozens were nearby went it exploded.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/25/2012 5:25:10 PM     (No. 9033471)

Scores Gentlemen´s Club = a strip club.

Too bad the other stuff had to go.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/25/2012 5:50:43 PM     (No. 9033488)

Wile E. Coyote never did learn to avoid ACME products. The ´Union Made" label should have been his first tip-off.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stonepony, 11/25/2012 6:03:16 PM     (No. 9033511)

it´s OK he was a union member...no problem... the best of the best.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: veritas, 11/25/2012 6:04:53 PM     (No. 9033513)

First, full credit to the fire department for a successful evacuation.

That said, it´s going on 2 days since the explosion. How many dead or maimed in traffic accidents in that same period in Massachusetts? The US?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 11/25/2012 6:22:06 PM     (No. 9033536)

The news here in MA is that he was conducting a routine test, one they will continue to conduct, and they blew up a building. Worker will continue with his job and manner of conducting testing. Insanity can now be defined by saying the word massachusetts.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mabel normand, 11/25/2012 7:01:00 PM     (No. 9033572)

At least the Columbia Gas Co. inspects the lines, unlike PG&E.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/25/2012 7:08:58 PM     (No. 9033574)

That is what we in the utility industry would refer to as a ´whoops-a-daisy!´... /s

All kidding aside, utility work can be very dangerous and there is little margin for error, the consequences of which can be devastating. Thank God no one was injured.

Don´t go blindly blaming the ´union label´ here. The vast majority of union utility workers that I work with are highly skilled craftsmen who take great pride in their work. Most are members merely because the job requires it.

Now about that question of where a spark could ignite in a strip club....



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Reply 8 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/25/2012 7:13:53 PM     (No. 9033580)

@OP: my thoughts exactly. Horrific loss of property and my prayers go to the injured, but it´s a blessing no one was killed.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 11/25/2012 7:17:25 PM     (No. 9033585)

There are a lot more questions than answers in the article. Probing to find buried lines is done by hand. It is hard to push the probes into the soil and it would be very hard if not impossible to puncture a gas line by hand unless it wasn´t already almost completely rusted out.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stonepony, 11/25/2012 7:31:40 PM     (No. 9033598)

#7 we know all union members are highly skilled and take pride in their work that is why they are union members.... of course just because they rape everyone else is of little concern because......well they are union members and part of the thugish left that will some make us look like greece......lots of union members in greece too.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aud, 11/25/2012 9:57:07 PM     (No. 9033717)

What #6 said.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/26/2012 1:30:56 AM     (No. 9033823)

#10, I agree with you when it comes to public sector unions...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/26/2012 4:44:47 AM     (No. 9033859)

Darwin Award.

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