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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:37 PM

Downtown Springfield building explodes following gas leak

Source: MassLive

SPRINGFIELD The Scores Gentlemen's Club building at 453 Worthington St. has exploded following the report of a gas leak.

The building was flattened, and the club is like a huge cavity in the road. At least two people were injured.

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Megan Labombard, 21, who works as a dancer at the Scores, said her employer gave her about 20 minutes notice to get out of the club where she had been working.

I went across the street to the Mardi Gras Champagne Room, where we were having a drink, and the building where I work blew up, she said.

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/downtown_springfield_building.html



VIDEO OF THE EXPLOSION @ 20-second mark:


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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:39 PM

1. Massachusetts?

I think....

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:40 PM

2. Yes, Massachusetts. nt

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:47 PM

3. Updated OP to include video of the (huge) explosion.

Seriously hope the gas workers and everyone else got out of there, at least out of the building.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:58 PM

4. Who did it? Sideshow Bob? Krusty the Clown?

My money is on Moe.

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:11 PM

5. Thousands of old leaky natural gas sites in Boston

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/mapping-gas-leaks-from-aging-urban-pipes/

This article is from 2 days ago. Springfield has aging infrastructure too.

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Response to PuraVidaDreamin (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:58 PM

6. Yep. And they sit in barstools and watch girls dance

 

Its a dangerous place

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Response to PuraVidaDreamin (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:23 AM

9. Yeah, interesting that there was national attention given to the

gas leaks in MA., two-three days ago and then this happens. Should be interesting to see what investigators determine.

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:14 PM

7. Dr. Nathan Phillips "BU researcher maps gas leaks on city streets"...

"There are a lot of leaks. One utility, National Grid, counts 14,000 in its system, which serves half of the Bay State, while Ackley, president of Gas Safety USA, a Massachusetts leak-detection company, puts the figure for all leaks at up to 30,000. Utilities reported 13.5 million cubic feet of gas lost from leaks throughout Massachusetts in 2009, an amount that is surely an undercount, according to the federal government, which collects the data."

http://www.ulcrobotics.com/natural-gas-leaks-fuel-global-warming-not-homes

I recall him saying how common it was in the US for people to get killed by gas explosions. I think it was on NPR.

Once again the private sector taking care of business.

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:59 AM

8. No money to fix our infrastructure, we're shipping it all off to Uganda to kill their gay folks,

to the tune of a half-billion US dollars every f/cking year. YOUR tax dollars at work, people. Supporting Genocide.



Operation Northwoods: The 9/11 you never knew

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:52 PM

10. and/or to bankroll "missionaries" with tax exemptions, as exemplified by Mitt, that turn into

PRIVATE wealth somehow, so that's wealth for "missionaries" who brainwash others with the elements of what manifests as HATE under the "right" circumstances, e.g. Uganda, all behind the veil of plausible deniability.

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:32 AM

12. the tally as of now is

42 buildings damaged housing 115 residential units and a daycare which is right next door. Fortunately it was closed at the time of the blast. Before I retired I inspected that club once a year for the renewal of their liquor license.

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Response to Bombero1956 (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:22 AM

13. Yeah, I just caught that earlier today- 42 buildings! You know, I had read that they...

...were planning on sounding the all-clear and letting people back in when the blast occurred. I don't know if that's still accurate but if it is, it looks like a huge tragedy in human terms was averted.

PB

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Response to Bombero1956 (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:02 PM

16. Whoa....42 buildings?

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:58 PM

14. Utility worker punctured gas pipe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/11/25/utility-worker-punctured-pipe-springfield-gas-blast/wP66CMbMH8qwykScPxldVP/story.html

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) A utility worker responding to reports of a gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe that led to a massive explosion that injured 18 people and damaged more than 40 buildings, the state fire marshal announced Sunday.

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Response to Poll_Blind (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:01 PM

15. Yikes, thats scary

At least they got out

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