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Monday, October 5, 2015

Explosion in Brooklyn: Another Gas Explosion in NYC Claims at Least One Life

On Saturday afternoon, an explosion ripped through a building on 13th Avenue and 42nd Street, killing a woman. It is being reported that the previous tenants had removed an appliance from the apartment, a stove, without properly disconnecting the gas line. Three others, including a 10-year old boy, have been taken to Maimonides Hospital with injuries. One of the injured may have serious, debilitating injuries to his leg and feet.

Gas explosions, like the one that occurred in March at 121 Second Avenue which killed two, should not occur. For example, the 121 Second Avenue explosion was caused by one or more gas lines being illegally and improperly tapped. Sometimes people only have moments between the times they smell gas and the explosion. In 2014, eight people were killed when 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue in East Harlem were obliterated by a gas leak caused by faulty welding of two ConEd pipes and a large hole in a nearby sewer main that New York City failed to fix, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to ConEd, if you smell a distinctive, strong odor like rotten eggs, if you see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, or blowing dust or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason, or hear roaring, hissing, or whistling, leave the area immediately and call 911 or ConEd to report a gas leak.

Gas explosions are almost always the cause of negligence. If you, or a loved one, is injured in a gas explosion, you should talk to an experienced trial lawyer immediately to determine your rights and potential claims. The experienced trial lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available at (212) 425-0230 or at to discuss with you any injuries that you may have suffered due to a gas explosion.

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