Seattle area gas-line blast injures two

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 2:42 PM

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two men were injured after a gas-line explosion outside a commercial building in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue on Thursday, fire and hospital officials said.

The explosion of the large-diameter gas line was reported at about 9 a.m., the Bellevue Fire Department said on Twitter. The gas feed has since been shut.

One 36-year-old man was in serious condition and was being sent to an intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center of Seattle, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

The other man, 45, was in satisfactory condition.

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Local media reported the explosion was triggered when a construction crew struck the line while working at the site.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)