Indianapolis Homeland Security officials say they now believe natural gas may be to blame for that house explosion that killed two people and injured several others in Indianapolis, but the leak does not appear to have originated in the gas lines. Rather, investigators are looking into the possibility that a particular gas appliance in the home could have caused the blast.
Indianapolis Homeland Security head Gary Coons says his team is currently in the process of recovering the appliances from destroyed homes to help determine the cause.
The National Transportation Safety Board have also pulled investigators from the explosion scene. Citizens Energy Spokesperson Sarah Holsapple confirms that Citizens Energy Group has found no leaks in the gas main or individual gas lines that feed homes in the area where the blast occurred.
“We did leak detection surveys in the entire Richmond Hill subdivision, we also pressure tested the two inch diameter gas main and all underground service lines on Fieldfair so all of the lines that connected the homes on Fieldfair to the gas main and we did a test of the gas meter at the home where the explosion is believed to have happened,” Holsapple says.
She says the finding should come as comfort to residents that gas lines in the area are safe.
The explosion caused about $3.6 million in damage to homes.