How the Farmington explosion one year ago changed Maine state law

FARMINGTON, Maine — September 16, 2020 marks one year since the Farmington community experienced an incident that would change life for some forever. An explosion at LEAP Inc. in Farmington killed one firefighter, injured six others, and also injured a building supervisor. Now, Maine state law looks different as a result of an effort to keep Mainers safe in the future.

A report released in January by the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated a propane leak caused the explosion. That’s because crews severed it when they were drilling posts into the ground near the building, about a week before the explosion happened.

As a response to the explosion, Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham), the House chair of the legislature’s energy, utilities, and technology committee, introduced L.D 1892, …Read More

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