Explosion: Anxious residents hope to return soon


Citizens Energy Group employees search the site of an explosion in the Richmond Hill subdivision Monday in Indianapolis. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Gas lines under a block of homes were tested Monday, but no leaks were detected as multiple state and federal agencies investigate the possibility that natural gas caused Saturday’s explosion that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes on the southside.

Next, utility workers will test individual connections to the homes at the center of the explosion on Fieldfare Way to look for any problems with natural gas usage or leaks, Citizens Energy Group spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said.

As the investigation into what caused the destruction continues, the utility plans to examine the most recent gas usage at the individual homes, Holsapple said. At this point, the company can’t say whether either of the homes that exploded had an over-consumption of gas. A meter reader checked the readings of homes on Fieldfare Way two weeks ago and found no unusually high use of natural gas.

Residents are waiting for answers.

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