NIAGARA FALLS: Theft nearly triggers explosion

niagara-gazette.com;

It sounded like a water leak, but what was happening in the basement of a Third Street building on Saturday night could have ended in tragedy.

Someone broke into 437 Third St., which houses Third Street Liquors and the Tap Room tavern, and cut both the water and natural gas lines in the basement in an attempt to steal the copper connecting pipe. The result was a basement full of water and explosive natural gas.

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