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Utility Regulators To Probe Springfield Gas Explosion

Public utility regulators in Massachusetts will investigate the  natural gas explosion that rocked downtown Springfield last Friday evening.  The blast leveled a strip club and damaged several other buildings. 18 people sustained injuries including some with broken bones and third degree burns. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chair Ann Berwick.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.