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Severed Gas Main Sets Off Blast in N.Y.; One Killed

United Press International

A backhoe operator accidentally cut into a gas main at a construction site Saturday, setting off an explosion that leveled a building, killed a worker and injured 11 other people, police said.

The blast demolished the Penn Furniture Building, which had been undergoing renovations, and shattered windows of buildings within a quarter of a mile of the site on western Long Island, Suffolk County police said.


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