3 People Get Prison In Deadly East Village Gas Explosion

WCBS 880 Newsroom
January 17, 2020 - 3:55 pm
2015 East Village Explosion

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to prison for a 2015 gas explosion in the East Village that killed two men.

A landlord, an unlicensed plumber and a general contractor were convicted last November for rigging an illegal gas line creating what prosecutors described as a virtual bomb at a building on Second Avenue at Seventh Street.

The three each got a term of four to 12 years Friday.

The March 2015 blast killed two young men, injured 13 others and leveled a city block. 

Prosecutors said greed caused the deaths of a bus boy and a recent college graduate at the Sushi Park Restaurant, which was located on the ground floor of the building.

The building owner's attorney called the explosion a tragic accident, saying it originated not in the gas line but in the restaurant where employees had complained of a gas smell for months before the explosion.

Prosecutor Cyrus R. Vance Jr. warned developers his office would seek prison time for anyone who cuts corners and injures or kills New Yorkers in the process.

WCBS880.com contributed to this report.