Pipe 'imperfection' found after fatal blast in Pa.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
Allentown explosion

Investigators looking into the cause of a gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown, Pa., last week are focusing on an "imperfection" in a pipe near the blast site.

Wednesday night's explosion flattened a pair of row houses and set fire to a block of homes, killing five people - including a 4-month-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

On Saturday, investigators told The Morning Call of Allentown they were zeroing in on an abnormality in a section of pipe.

Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said workers were to dig up the section of pipe Sunday and take a closer look. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will then send the pipe to a forensics expert.

A spokesman for Reading-based UGI Utilities Inc., says the PUC is running the inspection and will report to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Another gas leak

Crews in Allentown rushed to the scene of a gas leak Sunday night just two blocks away from Wednesday's explosion scene.

A few people living in the six-hundred block of 11th street were evacuated after reporting a gas odor.

Authorities isolated the leak quickly and no gas was found in any homes.

No one was hurt.

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