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"Mystery Blast"

On November 21, 1996, at 8:35 a.m., an explosion ripped a 50-foot-wide hole up the side of the six story Humberto Vidal building in Puerto Rico. 33 people were killed and one hundred more were injured. A year later, NTSB investigators determined that a cracked pipe beneath the street was the source of a gas leak that filled the basement of the building with propane gas. But the San Juan Gas Company and Enron disputed the NTSB findings. If it was a gas leak why hadn't San Juan Gas workers detected anything when they were investigating neighboring storeowners' complaints of smelling gas? Authorities would need to rely on information compiled by APTECH, blueprints of the building, details of the NTSB investigation, and animated recreations by Origin Point Inc. to determine the cause of one of the deadliest calamities to rock the island of Puerto Rico.




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