Indy home explosion investigation costs: $308,674

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The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety says it has spent more than $300,000 on manpower and other expenses investigating an explosion that killed a couple and decimated their neighborhood on the southeast side.

Marion County spokesman A.J. Deer said Thursday there is nothing new to report on the investigation into the cause of the Nov. 10 blast that killed Jennifer and John Longworth. Authorities previously have said they believe the explosion was intentional and caused by natural gas. No other details have been released.

The release Thursday by the public safety department estimates that police officers, fire fighters and personnel from homeland security and animal care and control have worked 7,742 hours since the explosion.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says costs incurred by other city departments are not included.


  • Mikey
    May I suggest you try craigslist?
  • Not This Time
    Mikey, I live 4 miles from the explosion site, and I felt the concussion. There is no way a plane of any size could have caused that. I'm not saying the government doesn't spy on us, but I don't think that's what happened in this case.
  • Conspiracy...really?
    Hey Mikey -- you know, there are plenty of decaffeinated brands on the market that taste just like the real thing. You can buy them and bulk tinfoil rolls cheap at any local warehouse store.
  • Conspiracy
    I still strongly feel that this was a government experiment gone wrong, and that now they are covering it up. they know what happened.....how many arsons have we had in this city over the past decade and within a few days they know who did it? happened w/ the apartments downtown, and other buildings as well. if you look at the facts, they don't add up to what our 'officials' are telling us. you can think i'm crazy, but i think it was a spy drone that went down and crashed. our gov't spies on us, and there are countless drones spying in our sky on any given night. our gov't also has shown that they do this type of thing, and have in the past.
    • Getting Our Money Worth
      In addition to murder charges and jail time, I want forced labor to the tune of $1,000,000+ when you include all the final court costs and add up everything. I'll let others decide how to determine the money-value of work time, but taxpayers DESERVE payback for this epic act of stupidity by these people who have caused irreversible damage to people's lives.

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