UPDATE: Kansas City investigates permit process after JJ's Restaurant explosion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After a 41 Action News investigation found holes in the city's permit process, Kansas City officials say they'll doing a complete review of their system.

Our investigators found several problems in the city's current practices -- including contractors whose permits weren't approved by the city until two months after their digging projects were completed.

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The issue first surfaced after the explosion at JJ's Restaurant in February. We broke the story about the contractor accused of striking the gas line and causing the blast not having an approved permit to dig.

That company, Heartland Midwest, said it sent in the paperwork for the permit and argued it had become common practice not to wait for city approval.

Public works is in charge of issuing permits. The city manager's office is leading the review.

Kansas City officials say any changes would take effect in June.

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