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(NECN: Jennifer Eagan, Boston, Mass.) - A home in the Readville section of Boston, Massachusetts this morning exploded after construction crews accidentally struck a natural gas line.
Homeowner Michael Burns says no one was home at the time of the blast. There are no reports of injuries.
40 homes in the neighborhood have been ordered evacuated.
The explosion occurred after a contractor for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission installing a water main at an intersection hit the gas line.
The house in the Hyde Park neighborhood is not far from the home of Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
Statement from NSTAR spokesperson Mike Durand:
"NSTAR can confirm at approximately 8:30am there was an explosion at 17 Danny Road in Hyde Park. The cause is believed to be an accidental dig in. It appears at this time a crew who was working for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission was installing a new water main at Danny and Reynolds Road and accidentally hit the line which resulted in gas being released into the home and the subsequent explosion. The contractor was Defelice. At this time we don't know if there are any injuries or fatalities. Our crews responded immediately and we are staying on the scene to assist the Fire Department, The Water and Sewer Commission, OSHA and other authorities in this investigation."