Gas Leaked Eyed In Pueblo Blast That Killed 1

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Pueblo, Colo. (AP) Authorities in Pueblo are trying to determine whether a natural gas leak caused an explosion that leveled a restaurant and a shop, killing one person, injuring at least seven and forcing several downtown blocks to evacuate.

The Branch Inn exploded about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, sending glass, bricks and other debris flying more than 100 feet from the restaurant. The blast blew the restaurant's front door into an intersection, where a hinge lodged in the fender of a sport utility vehicle waiting at a stop sign.

Authorities aren't sure if the restaurant was open at the time.

At least one witness said she smelled gas after the blast, and a leaking pipe was found in the street next to the restaurant. Fire Department spokesman Woody Percival says it's not known if the pipe ruptured in the explosion or contributed to it.

The name of the woman killed hasn't been released.

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