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April 29th, 2009:

Gas Explosion Kills Queens, N.Y. Mother

American Energy Coalition - April 29th, 2009

A 40-year-old mother of three was killed and several people were injured when a house exploded in Queens, N.Y. on April 24, 2009, according to a report in the New York Times. A Con Edison gas crew was in the area investigating a reported gas leak when the blast occurred. Firefighters found the body of Ghanwatti Boodram, who lived in the house, in the rubble four hours after the 4:50 p.m. explosion, officials said. Three neighboring houses also sustained serious fire damage. News reports stated that a gas crew removed a manhole cover near the house moments before the explosion. Con Edison has faced harsh criticism from the family of the deceased and area residents over its handling of the situation, according to an account the Daily NewsThe Daily News also reported that Con Edison workers had checked the area for gas leaks seven weeks before the blast and found nothing. A video of the fire that followed the blast can be seen on YouTube.

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