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Explosion in Springfield, Mass.

A natural gas explosion rocked downtown Springfield, Mass., late Friday afternoon, leveling one building and shattering windows in others in a three block radius.

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Inspectors stand in debris Saturday at the site of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass., on Friday. Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the blast where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood.

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An apartment building about a block away from the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club is seen Saturday in Springfield, Mass. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the Friday blast that could be heard for miles, and that left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood.

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People walk Saturday in a damaged area about a block away from the site of a Friday gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the blast.

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Items from the Score's Gentleman's Club are seen Saturday in the rubble on the morning after Friday's explosion in Springfield, Mass. Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses Saturday. The explosion leveled the Scores Gentleman's Club, next to a day care center, and heavily damaged a dozen other structures.

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A day care next door to a gas explosion that leveled a strip club Friday evening is seen Saturday in Springfield, Mass. The blast Friday evening, which could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood.

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Robert Spano, left, and Alan Hugley clean up broken glass, Saturday outside of Punta cana Restaurant & Bar, a few blocks from the site of a Friday gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass.

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Inspectors assess damage Saturday around the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass., Friday. Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the blast where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood.

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Police establish a perimeter Saturday around the area where a gas explosion leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass., on Friday.

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