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In New York City Blast Probe, Investigators Focus On Gas Lines

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March 18, 2014 AT 2:42 PM
U.S. investigators were looking into gas lines and meters to determine what caused a natural gas explosion last week that leveled two New York City apartment buildings and killed eight people. A spokeswoman from the New York City Medical Examiner said Tuesday five women and three men died of burns, smoke inhalation or blunt-force trauma as the five-story buildings collapsed in the East Harlem neighborhood on March 12. The buildings came down moments after a resident in the area called Consolidated Edison to complain about the smell of gas, and the force of the explosion was felt up to a mile away.