Mayor calls report that worker's cigarette may have caused Philly blast 'pure speculation'

  • Article by: KEITH COLLINS , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 4:10 PM

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday it would be "pure speculation" to say a contractor's cigarette caused a gas explosion that leveled a Philadelphia home, injuring eight people.

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rlwr51Jul. 30, 1311:06 AM

Actually, it was probably the lighter, the same one he had been using to try and light the pilot light, rather than the cigarette that caused the gas leak to explode.

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joe_mnJul. 30, 1311:40 AM

A standing pilot wtr heater? Thought all new heaters had hot surface ignition? There ought to be a law? Codes?

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eddie55431Jul. 31, 13 8:45 AM

Seems to me the question is not what the ignition source was, but what was the source of gas in sufficient quantities to level a building! A little gas released while lighting a pilot isn't going to level a building, an improperly installed hot water heater that wasn't tested for leaks could. If the gas is there many sources could have ignited it, but they aren't the case of the blast, just a contributing factor.

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