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City, Gas Co. Announce Settlement Stemming From Downtown Springfield Explosion


Columbia Gas Company has agreed to pay the city of Springfield, Massachusetts $850,000  as a settlement for damage and injury  that resulted from a natural gas explosion last year in the downtown area.

   The city will get $650,000 to compensate for the damage the blast caused to streets and sidewalks, injuries to 18 municipal employees-most of them firefighters- and other expenses.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said the gas company is giving the city $200,000 to develop an urban renewal plan for the affected area

   Columbia Gas Company acknowledged responsibility for the explosion that occurred on the Friday evening following Thanksgiving.  A worker punctured a high-pressure line while investigating a reported gas leak.  A company spokesperson would not reveal how much was paid to settle more than 800 claims from affected businesses and individuals.

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