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Natural Gas Explosion Damaged 42 Buildings [VIDEO]

Building inspectors assessing homes and businesses in Springfield, Massachusetts after a natural gas explosion says the blast damaged more than 40 buildings.

Buildings damaged by a natural gas explosion in Springfield, Mass.
Buildings damaged by a natural gas explosion in Springfield, Mass. (WWLP TV)

The Friday evening explosion  leveled a strip club next to a day care. It injured 18 people, many of them emergency workers. Their injuries aren’t life-threatening.

The explosion occurred an hour after gas company workers arrived to investigate a possible gas leak in the area that’s 90 miles west of Boston.

Authorities cordoned off the center of the explosion Saturday. Building inspectors say preliminary findings showed the blast damaged 42 buildings housing 115 residential units. Three buildings were immediately condemned.

Punta Cana restaurant manager Omar Fermin says the explosion shattered the business’ floor-to-ceiling windows and made the area look like an earthquake zone.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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