Kansas City Plaza explosion caused by underground fiber installers?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The company laying cable outside JJ’s Restaurant last week when an explosion leveled the business did not have an approved Kansas City permit for excavation, 41 Action News has learned via an open records request with the city.

EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance video of blast – http://tinyurl.com/a2qe6na

Heartland Midwest LLC was laying fiber-optic cable for Time Warner Cable near the restaurant Tuesday night when somebody hit a gas line, sparking a leak in and around the restaurant.

via Plaza Fire Update: Heartland Midwest LLC didn’t have permit to excavate outside JJ’s, city says.

Well, at least it wasn’t Google Fiber.


About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

3 responses to “Kansas City Plaza explosion caused by underground fiber installers?”

  1. Matt Vincent says :

    One person killed and several injured — pretty tragic case of negligence all around. Why on earth did they not get the proper permit?

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