Investigators want to fine utility $2M for fatal house blast

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2018 12:35 PM

Firefighters work the site of a house that exploded in Manor Township, Lancaster County, in July 2017. (AP Photo/Kirk Neidermyer)

(Lancaster) -- Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to a gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a complaint against UGI Utilities on Thursday. It alleges the company failed to properly react to a hazardous condition when its workers responded to a suspected gas leak at a house in Millersville on July 2, 2017.

The worker, 54-year-old Richard Bouder, died of multiple trauma injuries caused by flying debris.

Investigators allege, among other issues, UGI didn't shut off the gas main feeding the neighborhood.

A UGI Utilities spokesman says the company, based in Reading, is reviewing the complaint and will respond within 20 days.

Joseph Swope says UGI "remains fully committed" to safety.

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