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Explosion repairs at Carmel High School top $3 million

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Officials say it will cost about $3.4 million to complete repairs to  Carmel High School after an explosion blew off part of the roof and knocked down some walls.

The December blast at Carmel High School was blamed on a natural gas leak and injured a school district worker and a contractor who were doing maintenance on a boiler.

The district school board on Monday approved nearly $2.8 million in contracts to reconstruct the damaged areas. That’s in addition to about $660,000 already paid for immediate repairs following the explosion that happened while the district was on winter break.

Explosion damage closed some gymnasium and locker room areas in the 5,200-student school.

School district officials say insurance is covering repair costs other than a $75,000 deductible.