CU officials say natural gas disaster in Boston area can't happen here

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Authorities are blaming over-pressurized gas lines for a number of explosions in the Boston area that killed one man and left more than 25 hurt.

You may be wondering if that could happen here in Springfield, but experts with City Utilities say you don't have to worry.

"Once a line gets over-pressured, it basically puts higher pressure gas into the house. That can't happen in Springfield," says Gary Gibson, Associate General Manager of Customer Operations & Communications. "All of our services have a regulator installed at the meter set that makes that final pressure cut down to a quarter of a PSI to provide that extra level of safety to our customers."

Gibson says it's a continuous process to replace lines as pipe technology improves. He expects CU to wrap up its current upgrade phase in the next year or two.