Several injured in blast caused by gas leak at Massachusetts strip club
November 23rd, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Several injured in blast caused by gas leak at Massachusetts strip club

A strip club in the western Massachusetts city of Springfield was torn to shreds Friday by an explosion caused by a gas leak, a city official said.

Those inside Club Scores evacuated the single, multistory building just before the blast, city spokesman Thomas Walsh said.

Even so, 18 people suffered injuries in the explosion that leveled the club's building, caused significant damage to 12 other buildings and caused collateral damage to roughly another dozen structures, city officials said. Nine of those injured were firefighters, four worked for the Columbia Gas company, two were police officers, and one was a city employee, Mayor Dominic Sarno said.

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  1. JRC

    This is in Western Mass, not "central MA" CNN.

    November 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Government Sponsored terror

    This is government sponsored terror. The mayor (Sarno) was boasting on the news that he'd clean up the city (Strip Clubs etc...) in response to the 60+ person brawl.

    November 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jon

    Hello,
    Most people consider Springfield to be located in western Massachusetts, not central. When I think central MA I usually think Worcester and surrounding areas.

    November 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Make room for the Casino!

    November 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GMcG.

    People in Worcester gettin' all uppity, don't want to be lumped in with Springfield.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mare

    You'd think since the June 1, 2011 tornado hit the middle of our city people would at least know by now that it is in WESTERN Mass. Or at the very least the sports people at CNN would know it's the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Get a map!

    November 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cathedral high

    Springfield Massachusetts is located in western massachusetts.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BM

      No, it's in eastern Mass, I lived in holyoke the next town over.

      November 24, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. 1608

    Ppl just be happy no one died. Springfield 50 miles west of Worcester what's the fuss?

    November 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608

    It sounds to me the officials in Springfield don't know the difference between the gov. and Lt. gov.

    November 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    It's good that you specified that the building had been evacuated, implying that various emergency services were on the scene. Otherwise it would have looked bad to specify that among the injured were 9 firefighters and 2 policemen. Like they just happened to be in the strip club when it blew up. Bad, but maybe not too surprising.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. schnitzelCursed

    What is the deal w all these nat gas incidents of late? seems like a rather inordinate amount of explosions. smells fishy, literally

    November 24, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Prophet

    a hail arsonist is on the lose i guess when the top came off things got hot and boom

    November 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wanda

    I was watching TV, when all of a sudden I seen my Harcourt standing next to the Springfield fire engine, on the TV. I called him on his cell phone and asked him what he was doing there. He didn't reply. The next person that SOB talks to is my lawyer. I won't have to worry no more!!!

    November 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Harcourt Fenton Mudd?

      November 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1608

    Boss BOMBO loved it. L.O.L.

    November 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Poppy

    And nothing of value was lost.

    November 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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