Missouri Public Service Commission approves timeline for investigation into JJ's explosion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Public Service Commission, the regulatory body for utilities in the state of Missouri, now has a timeline for their investigation into the explosion at JJ's Restaurant on February 19, 2013.

The MPSC, which is the regulatory body for utilities in the state of Missouri, sent five investigators to Kansas City following the explosion.

According to the official order, the initial investigation by Missouri Gas Energy workers indicates natural gas was released from an underground distribution line when it was breached by a contractor.

The explosion killed one person and injured several others.

A spokesman for the agency said investigators inspect the scene, conduct interviews and review records to determine if any violations pipeline safety regulations occurred.

If investigators find violations, they then file a case with the circuit court. It is then up to a judge to decide if anyone should face any penalties.

The order also sets a timeline for the investigation with the commission, hoping to have it concluded by June 27, 2013. They also are asking for status updates on March 27, April 24 and May 29.

Along with the MPSC, the Kansas City Fire Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also conducting separate investigations into the explosion. KCFD has not yet made the results of its investigation public.

There's been no word on when OSHA will complete its investigation.

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