MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Early reports were that a natural gas leak could have caused a devastating explosion Sunday morning that killed two and injured as many as 100 at a power plant being built south of the city on the Connecticut River.
Homeowners more than 10 miles away said the 11 a.m. explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems power plant on River Road created a shock wave so intense they mistakenly thought the central part of the state had experienced an earthquake.
Medical rescue personnel said two were dead at the site and, of 100 so injured, four were in critical condition.
"There are bodies everywhere," a witness said. Another witness said many victims may be buried in rubble.
O&G Industries, the contractor, is being investigated by OSHA and local police in the Jan. 15 death of a construction worker in Hampden County, CT.