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Copper Theft May Have Led To New Bedford Home Explosion

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
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NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – A New Bedford man is hospitalized with burns to his face, after he cut the wrong pipe, while allegedly trying to steal copper pipes from a home.

Kevin Livramento, 46, was allegedly in the basement of an unoccupied home on Richmond St. Monday morning when the explosion occurred.

The side of the home was cracked after the explosion. (Photo by Bill Shields)

The side of the home was cracked after the explosion. (Photo by Bill Shields)

“I heard a loud noise, and I ran outside, not knowing what it was,” said Bob DaSilva, who lives next door,”and I see the whole side of the house is bowed out, and it’s knocked off the foundation.”

Another neighbor looked out and saw a familiar face, furiously pedaling a bicycle down the street. “His name in Kevin, and he lives on Highland Street,” said the homeowner.

A short time later, police arrested Kevin Livramento at his apartment.

The home he had broken into was unoccupied, because the elderly owner died several weeks ago.

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