Worker Killed in Philadelphia Gas Main Explosion

The explosion shot a ball of flame 50 feet into the sky Tuesday night after residents reported smelling gas.

Three people remain in critical condition after a gas main explosion killed one utility worker and forced dozens from their homes in Philadelphia, according to an Associated Press report. The explosion shot a ball of flame 50 feet into the sky Tuesday night after residents reported smelling gas. The blast destroyed nearby buildings and torched vehicles. 

The three patients in critical condition were brought to the Temple University Hospital burn unit following the explosion in the city's Tacony neighborhood. Among the injured were four Philadelphia Gas Works employees and a firefighter.

The report said crews from PGW had been dispatched to the scene to investigate reports of a gas odor when the blast occurred. Firefighters battled the blaze for about three hours following the explosion. PGW said it's unclear what sparked the blast.

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