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Nov 23, 2012 10:54 PM by CJ, The Associated Press

Gas blast levels Mass. building; at least 18 hurt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities has leveled one building and damaged others but hasn't killed anyone.

Fire officials in Springfield, Mass., say a building housing a strip club was destroyed and a dozen other buildings sustained major damage in the Friday blast. Initially they said two buildings had been destroyed.

Police say the explosion site looks as though it was hit by a missile.

Firefighters and police officers are among 18 people injured in the blast. None of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray says it's a "miracle" no one died.

Gas company workers had been sent to investigate a possible gas leak in the commercial and residential area, 90 miles west of Boston. The explosion occurred an hour later.

The cause of the blast is unknown.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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