SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — When the explosion happened, a number of police officers, firefighters, and gas company workers were right near the building working to repair the gas leak. The impact of the blast caused injury to about 18 people.
Thankfully, no deaths have been reported.
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray called it “a miracle on Worthington Street” that nobody was killed.
Most of those injured were hit by debris as they were near the gas when it exploded:
- 9 Springfield Firefighters
- 4 Columbia Gas workers
- 2 Springfield Police Officers
- 2 civilians
- 1 Springfield Water and Sewer worker
Ten of those, including two of the Springfield firefighters, were sent to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant says that eight of the firefighters suffered “direct impact” injuries, including cuts, bruises, and being hit from debris from the explosion. One firefighter was injured after the blast when he or she fell down a sewer drain.
Among the injured was an ABC40 videographer who was covering the gas leak. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was treated and released.