NYSEG Investigates Home Explosion

By Alice Maggiore

Horseheads, NY (January, 2011)

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM EST

Horseheads, NY (WBNG Binghamton) NYSEG continues its quest to figure out why a home blew up in Horseheads earlier this year, by returning to a village neighborhood to look for clues.

A home exploded on 198 Joseph Street in January, killing a 15 month old boy, and seriously injuring two others.

Now the boy's mother, Samatha Stratton, has filed a lawsuit, claiming NYSEG did not properly maintain or replace the natural gas lines running to the home.

Meanwhile, NYSEG worked in early February, digging holes in front yards and reconfiguring the gas lines on the block. Now, they're back on the job.

Crews started digging in the area around Joseph Street, Arthur Street, and west of South Carrol Street at 8:00 yesterday morning.

They're looking for damaged pipes among underground utility lines, and the materials around them.

Some of the pipes under the street have been there since the 1950's.

Neighbors say they're relieved to see work is finally being done.

Many neighbors were displaced for a couple of weeks following the explosion as their homes were cited for serious code violations.

NYSEG is expected to continue investigating for the next two weeks.

It says it's checked the natural gas system thoroughly, and have determined it's safe.