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Rowhouse explosion roundup: Did a cigarette spark the blast?

The investigation is continuing into the gas explosion that leveled three rowhouses on the 400 block of Daly Street, but at least one official has said that a lit cigarette caused the boom.

Councilman Mark Squilla said firefighters at the scene told him that a man working on the house tried to light the water heater in the basement, couldn’t make it work, went outside, came back in and lit a cigarette.

Mayor Nutter, however, dismissed that as “pure speculation” (careful, autoplay video on that link).

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