November 25th, 2012
05:17 PM ET

Human error blamed in gas explosion at strip club

Human error is to blame in last week's gas-fueled explosion that ripped through a strip club in the western Massachusetts city of Springfield, officials said Sunday.

The blast injured at least 21 people, including firefighters.

A utility worker, responding to a report of a gas odor inside a building, inadvertently punctured a hole in a high-pressure gas line at the foundation of that building, according to a statement from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Markings on the sidewalk incorrectly indicated where the line was.

Once the pipe was punctured, the worker called the gas company and the fire department to shut off the gas, and the area around the building was evacuated. Investigators believe gas from the leak entered the building and later ignited.

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  1. chrissy

    Gee, ya think? What other kinda error could it be?

    November 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. some internet dude

    Honey before you go nuts, I could explain the burn marks and glitter all over me. But nah, its a pretty sad situation.

    November 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Rickieee, you got some splainin to do! Lol

    November 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Didnt they say it was a human error? I didnt read an act of GOD anywhere in that article, hmmm. Better read it again i guess.

    November 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1608®

    If you smell gas and didn't eat beans ...

    November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    Yippeeeeee! a happy fault on part of the gas worker...really think we should get back to having more mister roger's neighborhoods...

    November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    While our Marxist government is working overtime to take our Second Amendment rights away, CNN IS mustering effort to single people out, to take thier freedom of speech away. "And don't think for a minute thier not".

    November 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Rascal, arent you anti-gay?

    November 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608

    Okay i said something that i say in church and have in school and can't say it here. cnn go back to school............

    November 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    So l608, you see how that worked out right? Cuz they want us to *fail* not su$ceed.

    November 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bender

    Human error. Well I guess I'm off the hook.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    Well they will eventually.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Le Club T Its

    November 26, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |