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Blast That Killed Pennsylvania Maintenance Worker Appears to be Accidental: DA

Authorities say an explosion that killed the maintenance manager of a northeastern Pennsylvania borough appears to have been accidental.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that 43-year-old Steve Swift, the Factoryville maintenance manager, was burning items near a municipal shed in neighboring Clinton Township.

Officials said Swift was using heavy machinery to move a burning rubbish pile when something exploded about 6:30 p.m. Monday. State police haven't specified what Swift was burning, what exploded or what caused the explosion.

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Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said his office isn't part of the investigation, but he had spoken to police and the explosion "appears to be accidental."

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