NEW YORK (AP) — A new report indicates that a gas leak that was reported just before a deadly explosion in New York’s East Harlem may have come from a relatively new section of plastic pipe.
At the time of the explosion last year, attention was focused on the Con Edison gas main’s cast-iron section that was installed in 1887.
But a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday says that during testing with a tracer gas, high gas concentrations were found coming from a plastic segment that was installed in 2011.
The report does not determine a root cause for the explosion.
The March 12, 2014, blast demolished two buildings, killed eight people and injured about 50. A possible gas leak had been reported just minutes before.
Con Edison wouldn’t comment.