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INCIDENT: TWO INJURED IN GAS PIPE STRIKE

Work by contractor on redundant gas pipe ignited ‘residual gas’

It has been reported by Dunstable Today that a “gas explosion” caused by improvement work in Dunstable Bedfordshire that has injured two people and “threw a man across the street” on Monday 19th August 2013.

The two men were treated by paramedics at the scene and escaped with slight injuries. A witness said:

“We were about four houses away when it happened. I jumped out of my skin – it sounded like a crane had dropped something from a great height. They shut the street off and made us stay in our houses for about four hours.”

National Grid employees attended and conducted repair work on the gas leak until 9pm. A spokesman said:

“One of the workmen hit our gas pipe and caused the explosion. This is not a regular occurrence, although this kind of thing does happen.”

A Central Beds Council spokesman said that a contractor from Eurovia was working on a redundant gas pipe when he struck “residual” gas.

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