‘Inappropriately’ tapped gas line may have fueled explosion, N.Y. mayor says

An apparent gas explosion turned several apartment buildings into rubble in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood.

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Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen.

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‘Inappropriately’ tapped gas line may have fueled explosion, N.Y. mayor says

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