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5 Arrested for Deadly East Village Gas Explosion in ‘Weaponized’ Building

Wreckage (photo by Jaime Cone)

Wreckage (photo by Jaime Cone)

Police arrested five people in connection with the gas explosion that rocked Second Avenue last spring and brought down three buildings. The tragedy, which killed two men, seriously injured 13 people and obliterated hundreds of peoples’ homes, is said to have been caused by an illegal gas hookup guarded in a secret room in the basement of the building’s sushi restaurant, locked and inaccessible to restaurant workers or ConEd inspectors.

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Challah-lujah! B&H Finally Reopens, Four and a Half Months After Gas Explosion

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

East Village residents were relieved to see that B&H Dairy, a fixture of the neighborhood, reopened this morning after being closed for several months because of the Second Avenue gas explosion. They crowded into the narrow diner, happy to once again sit down to a plate of the 76-year-old vegetarian restaurant’s Eastern European comfort food.

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