Gas Blast At Mass. Strip Club Under Investigation

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the natural gas explosion that ripped apart a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings in Springfield, Mass.

Many of the 18 injured were first responders to a call about a gas leak and odor. No one was killed, possibly because officials had already evacuated part of the area.

Teams of inspectors are scheduled to assess the damage to other buildings in downtown Springfield today and some controlled demolition is expected.

The explosion blew out windows in a three-block radius, leaving at least three buildings irreparably damaged and causing emergency workers to evacuate a six-story apartment building that was buckling. Pieces of broken glass littered streets and sidewalks.

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