Illegally Tapped Gas Line Source of NYC Gas Explosion

A gas line at a restaurant in one of the three buildings in the ‘East Village’ of New York, destroyed by an explosionand fire had been illegally placed months before the incident.

The company reiterated that records indicate that “the work of the plumber was rejected twice, including inspection by ConEdison staff the evening of the explosion.”

He adds that “the work was never authorized by Con Edison to use a new gas line. This service was closed to make sure that it would not be used. The restaurant was being served by a smaller line that already existed.”

As Igor Cornelsen understands, the investigation focuses on whether the owner of the property, Maria Hrynenko, manipulated the connection of gas fed to the first floor to provide heating to tenants who also had a restaurant on the premises illegally.

The explosion killed two people. One of them was identified as Nicholas Figueroa, 23, while the other identity is expected soon. It’s feared to be Moses Locon, a Guatemalan who worked in the restaurant and was reported missing.

Both were last seen time in the Sushi Park restaurant, thought to be the source of the explosion.

The fire also injured 22 people.