Explosion Kills Maintenance Worker in Pennsylvania Borough

A coroner and the state police have been investigating an explosion that killed the maintenance manager of a northeastern Pennsylvania borough.

The Wyoming County coroner planned an autopsy Tuesday on the body of 43-year-old Steve Swift. He worked for Factoryville borough, about 15 miles northwest of Scranton.

Swift was using heavy machinery to move a burning rubbish pile when something exploded about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Coroner Thomas Kukuchka says a state police fire marshal was still investigating.

The blast was heard and felt for miles and two buildings near the Factoryville maintenance shed were damaged by the blast. The shed in is neighboring Clinton Township.

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