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One Dead In Nashua, New Hampshire Home Explosion

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) — The investigation into a house explosion in Nashua, New Hampshire has turned up an important finding.

Nashua Fire Marshall Cynthia Bautista says the cause is not a natural gas leak.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

“That’s been ruled out,” said Bautista.

The explosion Wednesday afternoon killed a man inside the home and rattled the neighborhood.

“It definitely was pretty scary,” said Andrew Morrissey who heard the blast and recorded dramatic video of the flames.

The house is a total loss and will have to be torn down. Nobody besides the male victim was inside the home at the time.

“I didn’t know what I was hearing,” said neighbor Seana Signor of the blast. “It kind of sounded like firecrackers, I didn’t think it was a gun but I didn’t know what it was.”

Thursday police detectives spoke with neighbors to see if they could shed any light on what happened while fire investigators were still combing through the debris. They checked the gas lines both inside and outside the house and found no evidence of any leak.

While natural gas has been ruled out, other possibilities for a cause include electrical, failure of an appliance, or propane.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Friday.

Investigators have not yet released the victim’s name.

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