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The National Transportation Safety Board is probing the gas pipelines that run through the Richmond Hill Subdivision that was the scene of the Indianapolis explosion that killed two people and injured several others late Saturday night.
Citizens Gas Spokesperson Sarah Holsapple says the NTSB has jurisdictional authority over pipelines. Holsapple says they‘ve already tested the gas main and have found no leaks.
She says they are now checking lines that run from individual homes to the gas main and they don‘t know how long test results will take.
“This is obviously a devastating situation for this neighborhood and we‘re trying to do everything we can to make sure that this investigation is thorough and we‘ll be releasing results and working with emergency responders to release those results as soon as we have them,” Holsapple says.
She says they have no reports of high gas usage at the house of the explosion, nor do they have any indication that there may have been a faulty furnace in the home.
Meantime, Department of Codes Enforcement Deputy Director Adam Collins says they‘ve inspected 126 homes, 80 of which sustained some form of damage and some are uninhabitable.
“We‘ve slowly worked that down to now we‘re at 29 where we still have some issue with whether or not they can inhabit the property,” Collins says, adding affected homeowners are not allowed back into those homes unless they call DCE.
Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security head Gary Coons is asking the general public to avoid the area. He says the scene remains secured and under round the clock investigation.