Midstate utility worker killed in apparent gas explosion identified

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2017 4:21 AM

(Photo: Blaine Shahan, LNP via AP)

(Lancaster) -- Authorities have released the name of a utility worker killed in an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed a Lancaster County house and injured several other workers over the weekend.

The county coroner's office said 54-year-old Richard Bouder of East Lampeter Township was pronounced dead at the scene of the noontime Sunday blast in Manor Township.

He 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 explosion occurred. The other workers were hospitalized but all are expected to recover.

Two federal agencies -- the National Transportation Safety Board and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration -- are investigating along with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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