Feds Begin Probe of Lewiston Construction Blast

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A gas explosion rocked downtown Lewiston Nov. 19.
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  • A gas explosion rocked downtown Lewiston Nov. 19.

Federal officials have arrived in Lewiston to investigate a Nov. 19 natural gas explosion that shot flames 100 feet into the air.

An excavator was installing new storm drain equipment when the excavator's bucket struck a 4-inch gas line, resulting into what one eyewitness called a "roaring fireball."

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an inspection of the explosion site and interviewed a number of parties who were on the scene. The Tribune reports that OSHA has six months to make a decision regarding the blast, including citations, fines or no action.

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