Boston Working: Hyde Park Blast

Utility company hits a gas line and, well, you can guess the rest.

Wednesday morning started off with with a bang for firefighters in District 12. Boston Water and Sewer had been doing an excavation to replace water mains when the explosion occurred. Working in front of 17 Danny Road, contractors hit the gas main, pulling the meter from the house.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff


Box 384 – 17 Danny Road
0847 Box: E.49, 48, 55 – L.16, 25 – R.2 – Car 12
0847 RIT/Rehab: E.42 – L.29 – W.25 – Car 8(RIT)
0855 Collapse Response: E.28 – TL.10 – R.1
SU, H.3, H.8, Car 9(Tech), H.1
0859 2nd: E.53, 30, 21, 3 – L.4
TaC, W.12, Car 4(2nd), C.7 (Division 2), Car 11(Act),
Car 7(Evac), A.5
0901 Haz-Mat: T.12, T.13, T.14
0924 RIT: E.30
1041 Detail: E.7, 56 – L.14, 24
1156 All Out
1400 Detail: E.37 – L.6
Courtesy Belin, A.65

Realizing the seriousness of the situation, workers repeatedly knocked on the door to alert the occupants. Fortunately for them, they had left early for work. Fortunately for the workers, the blast happened after they gave up knocking.

First arriving companies began darkening down fire and evacuating the nearby residences as Deputy Chief Keely struck a Collapse Response and Second Alarm assignments.

WHDH Video: Mayor Menino reports from the scene

Boston.com: Gas explosion destroys Readville home, causes $1m damage
Boston.com: Hyde Park Photos

Herald: House explodes in Hyde Park neighborhood
Photos: Hyde Park Blast

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