Pipe 'imperfection' Found After Fatal Blast In Pa.

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Investigators looking into the cause of a gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown, Pa., last week are focusing on an "imperfection" in a pipe near the blast site.

Wednesday night's explosion flattened a pair of row houses and set fire to a block of homes, killing five people - including a 4-month-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

On Saturday, investigators told The Morning Call of Allentown they were zeroing in on an abnormality in a section of pipe.

Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said workers were to dig up the section of pipe Sunday and take a closer look. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will then send the pipe to a forensics expert.

A spokesman for Reading-based UGI Utilities Inc., says the PUC is running the inspection and will report to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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