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Multiple people injured in Pikesville gas explosion

A natural gas explosion Friday afternoon in Baltimore County left several Baltimore Gas and Electric workers injured, one of them in serious condition.Crews were working on a steel gas main shortly before 4 p.m. in the 8300 block of Stevenson Road in Pikesville when an explosion sent flames shooting as high as 60 feet into the air until the gas was turned off the fire was extinguished around 7 p.m.Residents said when they saw the explosion, they went outside to find a worker fully engulfed in flames.”In the corner of our eyes, we saw this giant burst of flame,” said Rubin Schechman, a witness. “They put him on our lawn, and Donna brought a blanket, but I didn’t know if it would help or anything until the fire department came. It was horrible.””The gentleman was in the hole on fire. (He) jumped out of the hole. People were running,” said Jon Samet, a witness.Two other workers were hurt in the explosion but were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.The fire spread to some trees, at least two BGE vehicles and power lines.”This incident is confined to that hole and where the fire is, right now,” Baltimore County fire Lt. Travis Francis said.The explosion forced crews to turn off gas and power service for more than 250 homes in the area for several hours.”We’re figuring out where we’re going to sleep tonight,” said Talia Lebowidz, a neighbor.”Carry-out is going to be the name of the thing tonight,” said Rob Scherr, a neighbor.”Hopefully, we all just get through it, the flame goes out and everyone’s safe,” Samet said.Concern shifted from the many residents who are OK to the one worker left seriously injured on the job.”Just a horrific incident, it’s horrible. To see people coming out to work, doing what they’re supposed to, getting hurt like that, it’s horrible,” Schechman said.BGE released a statement at 10 p.m., saying, in part: “BGE remains on site assisting the fire department and ensuring the area is safe. Approximately 200 customers are currently without gas service. Once all repairs are made, BGE will need to enter each affected building to relight gas appliances. This work will likely continue into the weekend.”

A natural gas explosion Friday afternoon in Baltimore County left several Baltimore Gas and Electric workers injured, one of them in serious condition.

Crews were working on a steel gas main shortly before 4 p.m. in the 8300 block of Stevenson Road in Pikesville when an explosion sent flames shooting as high as 60 feet into the air until the gas was turned off the fire was extinguished around 7 p.m.

Residents said when they saw the explosion, they went outside to find a worker fully engulfed in flames.

“In the corner of our eyes, we saw this giant burst of flame,” said Rubin Schechman, a witness. “They put him on our lawn, and Donna brought a blanket, but I didn’t know if it would help or anything until the fire department came. It was horrible.”

“The gentleman was in the…

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2021-05-14 21:08:00

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