LPD Releases New Details In August 2017 House Blast

LPD update on Aug 2017 house explosion.

Posted by KFOR Radio on Thursday, 11 October 2018

Lincoln Police on Thursday morning released new information from a year-long investigation into the August 2017 house explosion near 77th and Old Cheney.

Jeanne Jasa passed away from her injuries just a few weeks after the explosion.  Jim Jasa, who had been in a coma, passed away in early May.

On Thursday, Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said it was determined that Jeanne Jasa’s death was a homicide, while Jim Jasa’s was a suicide.

No other details were released, pending a civil claim.

The blast at their home at 5601 South 78th Street impacted at least 30 neighboring homes, some of which left cracks in the foundations.

The State Fire Marshal’s Agency ruled out an external gas leak as the cause, and police concluded natural gas provider Black Hills Energy wasn’t responsible.

Relatives have filed claims against the city, Lancaster County and Black Hills, alleging negligence. One of their attorneys, Brian Jorde , says he and his client need to review the investigation findings with police before deciding whether to press the claim.

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