Investigation Underway Into What Caused Connecticut Plant Explosion

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities in Connecticut have
launched a criminal investigation into the cause of an explosion
that killed five people at a power plant under construction, saying
they can't rule out negligence.

Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano (joo-lee-AH'-noh) says if
everything had gone right at the Kleen Energy plant on Sunday,
there wouldn't have been an explosion. He says there's a point at
which negligence rises to the level of criminal conduct and that's
what's being investigated.

It's unknown what caused the blast. Police Acting Chief Patrick
McMahon says police have ruled out any intentional act and are
focusing on whether there was negligence while workers were
clearing gas lines of air.

Officials representing the workers and a private equity fund
that owns a majority share of the power plant haven't commented.

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