Local 1-2 Members Among First Responders in Gas Explosion

Gas Explosion Sign of Aging Infrastructure

The March 12 explosion that killed eight people and injured over 80 was found to have been caused by gas leaks in faulty sections of 127-year-old cast iron pipes below the pavement. The explosion rocked East Harlem in New York, collapsing two upper Park Avenue apartment buildings and damaging the surrounding area.

Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 members were among the first responders on scene for the emergency. Aging infrastructure was considered in the cause for the explosion which is still under investigation.


Safety Director Tom Cunningham, Business Agents John Scotty McNeil and Bruce Farina at the gas explosion and building collapse in Harlem.