posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 09:49 AM
OKAY, I'm from Allentown, I've lived in Center City, East Side, West Side (not in the rich white majority areas but the on Reading Rd. by the
Yocco's and Cedar Beach), and hail from the South Side, (though I'm in South Korea right now due to the military), I can tell you natural gas lines
are basically used for heat and for ovens and stoves that are in most homes in the Northeast United States. The Gross Towers Complex are two tall
towers near the border of the West Side and Center City and by a CVS my mother and I used to go to when I was younger. These explosions are rare but
do happen, there was an explosion in the mid-2000s with the exact same cause in the South Side of the city. My friends had no power and my mother's
house shook violently luckily everyone survived, it does happen. It's not terrorism, and not a meteor most likely. This has happened before and
most likely will happen again. That area of the city also has older homes built in the early 20th Century and most of the residents of that section
are at the poverty or below poverty line. The homes are also mostly rowhomes which is prominent in the city due to the high population density of
Allentown and most Northeastern cities. (20,000+ in a sq. mi. in Center City!) It's very possible that they let the maintenance go unnoticed or
didn't notice at all. It's very speculative. I'm just trying to provide a little background into the area and what's in those homes.
SN: I miss Allentown very much, and cannot wait to go back home.