- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The crew that caused an explosion at a St. Louis clothing design firm had no business license, nor a permit to do the job.

Fourteen people in the Stars Design Group business in the Soulard neighborhood were evacuated Wednesday after workers for Four Winds, a South Dakota company, hit a gas line. Workers evacuated before the blast and no injuries were reported. Fire gutted the three-story building.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1aCY88M ) reports that the crew was hired by an engineering subcontractor to install fiber optic cable for AT&T.; Records show AT&T;’s application for a work permit was still pending. City spokeswoman Maggie Crane says Four Winds lacked a city business license.

A Four Winds representative declined comment. AT&T; says it requires contractors to follow laws and licensing requirements.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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