Contractor Charged in North Canaan Propane Leak

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Streets were shut down and homes and businesses were evacuated in North Canaan on Saturday and now there has been an arrest.

Liquid propane started leaking from a 30,000-gallon tank at Specialty Minerals around 7 a.m.

Firefighters were able to isolate the leak and close it off, but were also concerned that the vapor cloud from the propane could ignite a fire.

Investigators said there were issues with the installation of the propane gas lines from the tank into the building.

Inspectors said the piping work was done by a non-licensed contractor and was not done to code.

The contractor, Michael Puta of Massachusetts, was charged with reckless endangerment, violating the state's propane gas piping code and failing to hold a contractor's license for gas piping installations.

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