NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Tenants in an East Village building that exploded may have been told not to tell Consolidated Edison inspectors they had gas service.
A law enforcement source tells Newsday residents of 121 Second Ave. were told their gas was being turned off before Con Ed inspectors arrived last week. They may have also have been told not to alert the utility their apartments had service, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.READ MORE: Strome, Panarin Lead Rangers To Win Over Blackhawks
Inspectors from Con Ed had visited that building about an hour before the explosion and determined work to upgrade gas service didn’t pass inspection, locking the line to ensure it wouldn’t be used and then leaving, officials said.
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Fifteen minutes later, the sushi restaurant’s owner smelled gas and called the landlord, who called the general contractor, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Nobody called 911 or Con Ed.