House explosion kills utility worker in Pennsylvania

Elias Hubbard July 5, 2017

A resident of a home in Manor Township was asked to leave her home Sunday afternoon as a representative of UGI, the energy company which provides natural gas to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, checked a reported gas odor. Their two sons were also not home at the time of the 12:16 p.m. explosion, which completely destroyed the house, killing one UGI worker and injuring three others.

Officials said the UGI Utilities employee was working outside the home with two other company employees and a Lancaster Area Sewer Authority employee checking a report of a gas leak when the explosionoccurred.

The county coroner has yet to release the dead worker’s name.

A tweet from the Lancaster Township Fire Department reportedly showed the aftermath of the explosion.

The home blew up about 10 minutes later, the published report said.

Several neighboring homes were damaged by the blast.

“It was such a [big] explosion, it was just unbelievable”, one resident told WHP-TV. “I immediately knew it must’ve been an explosion because debris was everywhere”.

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