Two More Lawsuits Filed in Bozeman Explosion

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Two more Bozeman businesses have filed lawsuits against NorthWestern Energy over a March 5 natural gas explosion that killed a woman and destroyed half a city block.

The owners of the Pickle Barrel and Boodles restaurants filed the latest lawsuits against the company and its senior gas system manager Leonard Leveaux in District Court in Bozeman.

Similar lawsuits by a building owner and several business owners have been filed against the company in recent months. The family of 36-year-old Tara Reistad Bowman, who died inside the Montana Trails Art Gallery, filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

NorthWestern Energy spokeswoman Claudia Rapkoch says the company doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.

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