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Topic - Stephen Coan
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, the state fire marshal announced Sunday.
A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield's entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.
Mr. Coan said the employee was following older markings on a sidewalk that indicated the location of the gas line.
The worker damaged the underground pipe while using a metal probe to locate the source of the leak, Mr. Coan said.