Cable TV work caused Kansas City Gas Explosion

Gas Explosion at JJs restaurant in Kansas City

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The explosion and fire that destroyed Kansas City Missouri’s JJs restaurant Tuesday evening resulted from a cable TV work crew puncturing a 2-inch natural gas main, officials said Wednesday.

Fumes escaped for more than an hour as Missouri Gas Energy workers tried to stop the leak, which was reported to the fire department at 4:54 p.m. The blast occurred at 6:04 p.m., shortly after firefighters recommended that J.J.’s Restaurant be evacuated.

Earlier Wednesday, search crews found a body in the bar area of the blackened rubble, Kansas City Mayor Sly James said. The blast injured 15 other people. Six remained hospitalized late Wednesday, three of them with critical injuries.

James did not say whether the victim was a man or a woman. Another employee who had been believed to be missing was located at St. Luke’s Hospital receiving treatment.

The Springfield, Mo., family of a missing employee, 46-year-old Megan Cramer, said Wednesday afternoon that they believe the body is hers because no one has been able to reach her since the blast. Authorities said it may take a day or two to confirm the identity.

Details are still sketchy but it appears that a contractor working for Time Warner Cable, Heartland Midwest may have ruptured a 2-inch gas main allowing natural gas to pour into JJs restaurant, according to gas utility Missouri Gas Energy (MGE).

It also appears that Heartland Midwest may have been working without a permit.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Megan Cramer’s family and to the individuals injured in the gas explosion.

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