- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A man could face criminal charges in connection with a massive explosion in August that destroyed a Bremerton motel and left several people injured.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/ZX3CjC ) police are recommending an assault charge against the man they say broke a gas meter and caused the explosion. The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office has received the five-month investigation and hasn’t yet made a charging decision.

Authorities had responded to the Motel 6 after a report of a natural gas leak.

Two firefighters, a police officer and a gas company employee working to cut off the gas were among those injured in the incident.

Police say the 32-year-old suspect, who had rented a room at the motel, stepped on a gas line and didn’t alert anyone that it had been broken.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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