Updated November 4 with information about gas line marking At least 10 people were injured in a gas explosion in Wappingers Falls, NY that occurred after workers struck a gas line. Eight of the injured adults and children suffered burns and blast injuries and are being treated at Westchester Medical Center. Three of them were airlifted to the Valhalla, NY hospital where there is a burn center.
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Wappingers Falls gas Explosion
Responding to a gas leak, fire, and explosion call, firefighters arrived at 4 Brick Row around 12:15 p.m. to find part of a brick multifamily building collapsed with victims trapped in the rubble. The explosion occurred after Central Hudson contractors doing routine maintenance hit a 3/4-inch gas service line, authorities told WABC-TV.
Central Hudson subcontractor J. Mullen & Sons Inc. of Saugerties, NY contacted UDigNY before beginning work on upgrades but an old line, which they later hit, wasn’t marked, according to a News12 report. “I think an incident like this provides an opportunity for us to learn,” UDigNY Executive Director Kevin Hopper told the station.
Gas Explosion Lawsuit
In 2017, a natural gas explosion in Minneapolis occurred when workers from Master Mechanical attempted to remove a gas meter from a school’s basement, at the direction of CenterPoint Energy. The workers did not close shut-off valves that would have prevented gas from flowing into the building once the line became disconnected and CenterPoint Energy did not install special valves to automatically shut down gas flow and prevent an explosion. So, when the meter was removed, gas flowed into the building. When it ignited around 10:22m the building exploded killing two people and injuring several others. Our team of explosion lawyers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy and Master Mechanical on behalf of the family of Ruth Berg, the receptionist killed in the explosion.
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