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BGE update on investigation into building explosion on Stanford Blvd. in Columbia, Md.

Oct. 24, 2019

The investigation is still ongoing into the August explosion in Columbia. Last week, the site work phase of the investigation at 8865 Stanford Blvd. was completed on Friday. Howard County Government, the MD Public Service Commission, property owners, insurance companies, BGE and other utilities worked at the scene during the first phase of the investigation. Our Initial inspection during this phase indicates that there was damage to our underground electric cables and damage to the gas line. The next phase of the investigation is currently underway and includes a thorough analysis of the equipment collected from the site to determine causation. We are working diligently to complete this next phase of the investigation. Now that the first phase of equipment inspections and removals are complete, it allows the property owner to proceed with necessary reconstruction work. At this time we cannot say when the investigation will be completed. BGE thanks all during this process. We value our customers' business and remain committed to maintaining safe gas and electric service.

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