- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Federal safety officials have begun investigating the explosion and fire that ravaged a restaurant and some apartments in Omaha’s Old Market district.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began its investigation late Monday. The agency’s Omaha director told the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1OZrRMV ) that if safe procedures had been followed, the explosion would not have occurred.

Authorities think a company working on a fiber optic project may have struck a natural gas line that leaked gas into the area. Several people have reported smelling gas before Saturday afternoon’s blast, which resulted in injuries to two people.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com



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