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NTSB meets to discuss deadly East Harlem gas explosion

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EAST HARLEM— The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting to discuss the deadly gas explosion that destroyed two buildings and killed eight people in East Harlem last year.

Tuesday’s meeting may shed light on what caused the March 12 explosion. The agency had earlier said it had found a leak in a cast iron gas main from 1887.

Sections of the pipe and a cracked section of an 1897 water main were shipped to the NTSB lab in Washington for further examination.

The NTSB has said it’s unclear if the broken water main contributed to the explosion or was caused by it.