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Fire marshal: Fatal Bensalem blast was accidentally triggered by shop-vac

June 14, 2018 GMT

By Staff

The Bensalem gas-station explosion that killed one of its owners and seriously wounded another man Tuesday has been ruled an accident caused by a shop-vac, authorities in the Bucks County township said Thursday.

Joe Vigilante, 63, had been using the vacuum to remove water from a vault constructed 15 feet underground that holds a 12,000-gallon fuel tank when the explosion ripped through the station, according to Rob Sponheimer, a battalion chief with Bensalem fire and rescue. The blast buried him under two feet of rubble.

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