NTSB investigating fatal natural gas explosion in Lancaster County

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2017 8:10 AM

Firefighters work the site of a house that exploded in Manor Township, Sunday. Authorities said the deadly blast believed to have been a gas explosion leveled a Lancaster County home Sunday. (AP Photo/Kirk Neidermyer)

(Lancaster) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed a Lancaster County home and killed a utility worker.

The UGI Utility worker was checking out a reported gas odor when the house in Manor Township, exploded about 12:15 p.m. yesterday.

Homeowner Jeannine Hughes says a UGI worker told her moments before the blast that natural gas readings close to the home "were close to 100 percent."

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

Two other UGI workers were hurt and a sewer worker was also injured. Hughes' family was safely evacuated before the blast.

NTSB spokesman Christopher O'Neil says the agency has jurisdiction over any gas pipelines outside a residence or business.

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