Gas Leak Found at Harlem Explosion Site
About the Harlem Explosion
The gas leak was found next to one of the apartment buildings, according to the NTSB, the organization which investigates accidents involving pipelines that carry hazardous materials.
A spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner said the deaths were ruled accidental and that the eight killed died of burns, smoke inhalation or blunt-force trauma.
The force of the explosion was felt up to a mile away.
According to the NTSB in a statement, the eight-inch cast iron and plastic gas main that served the buildings had failed a pressure test at the normal operating pressure.
Pressure testing of the lines serving adjacent buildings found no significant problems and preliminary tests indicated a high concentration of gas underground.
Resident Files Lawsuit
A resident of one of the apartment buildings has filed the first lawsuit on the blast charging the apartment complex and owner with negligence.
According to the Harlem resident, Michelle Nelson, she sustained serious injuries, suffered pain, shock and mental anguish.
Residents were evacuated from the neighborhood following the collapse of the buildings and many of them are waiting on the investigation to deliver answers before returning to their homes.