Official: Cigarette May Have Caused Pa. Blast

Cigarette may have caused Philadelphia gas explosion, official says





Furthermore, Nutter said, the city hasn't been able to confirm that gas was leaking at http://en.netlog.com/butlerroller/blog/blogid=27379583 the time, correcting a city statement previously that a gas leak was to blame for leveling the unoccupied home, which was being remodeled. Councilman Mark Squilla had said earlier at the scene that a contractor had been trying to light the pilot on a water heater. He said neighbors reported that the man lit a cigarette at one point and the house exploded. "That is pure speculation at this point," Nutter said Tuesday at a news conference. The mayor said all work at the site requiring permits were completed Friday, including installation of the hot water heater, and only cosmetic work was being done. He said the worker inside apparently was doing floor work for which no permit was required, but officials haven't yet been able to confirm that detail. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/official-cigarette-caused-pa-gas-blast-19817045









CBS Philadelphia reported that he was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition with burns, then transferred to the burn unit of Temple Hospital. Seven others were treated for minor injuries. The explosion comes less than two months after a collapse that killed six people at a demolition site. 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57596179/cigarette-may-have-caused-philadelphia-gas-explosion-official-says/





Cigarette Tax Hike Pushing Smokers To QuitOr To Wis. Stores





But Karaja says its too late to ask the state to butt out. The best he can do is hope that business comes back. Most of my customers, they dont like the price at all, he said. But its not our price thats how its supposed to be. We can do nothing. Karaja said about half of his customers buy cigarettes in addition to other tobacco products. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/08/02/cigarette-tax-hike-pushing-smokers-to-quitor-to-wis-stores/