Roadway damaged in compressed air explosion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An explosion of compressed air has damaged a portion of Carew Street near Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Guyer told 22News that the explosion happened as crews from Columbia Gas were pressure-testing gas lines under the roadway. Guyer said that they had put compressed air in the pipe to see if it would hold to check for leaks, but the end cap on the pipe was loose and blew off.

No natural gas was involved in the explosion and no one was hurt, Guyer said.

The damage to the roadway has caused the eastbound lane of Carew Street in front of Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital (233 Carew) to be shut down.

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