NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fire marshals have determined that a gas explosion that damaged a school and injured three construction workers was sparked by a lit match.
The Thursday night blast caused heavy damage to several floors of the John F. Kennedy High School, at 99 Terrace View Ave. in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx.
One of the workers lit a match to test a new gas line that was being installed in a science lab at the school, causing a “massive blast,” Mayor Bill de Blasio first told 1010 WINS Friday afternoon.
“I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I do not believe this is standard procedure. I believe this was a mistake and obviously a very costly one for the three workers involved and for everybody else that’s been affected,” de Blasio said. “We’ll get a fuller sense of things as we put more pieces together but it certainly does not appear to be something that should’ve been done.”