Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Multiple People Reported Injured After Gas Explosion at Florida Shopping Center

Multiple People Reported Injured After Gas Explosion at Florida Shopping Center

Officials have said there are "multiple patients" following the explosion at The Fountains. 'We believe that. That's what it appears to be'.

The blast sent debris flying along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. Gordon said the LA Fitness was occupied.

"Oh yes, I did", she said. "It nearly felt like an natural disaster", said a woman.

"It was a massive explosion like I have never experienced", he said.

Cellphone video captured a gray and white cloud of smoke moments after the blast.

Another cellphone video captured onlookers staring at the destruction while a auto alarm went off.

Some business in the blast zone were destroyed. 7News cameras captured blown out windows at the LA Fitness. He saw light, then a cloud of debris. Another 15 to 20 people had injuries that were not life-threatening. "We know that there were two that were serious. The others were transported locally".

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All the injured were taken to area hospitals, he said.

Emergency services attend the site of the explosion in Plantation, Florida. Police have confirmed one of the injured victims is a child.

"We had ruptured gas lines". Crews have since shut off the gas.

First responders said they think they've accounted for everyone in the explosion. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. "It was a pretty insane scene", said Jessi Walasheck, who witnessed the explosion. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged. "As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse". "You couldn't see anything because there's so much dust". But, at the same time, we're just so grateful that no one's hurt.

People who are waiting to hear from family members are asked to gather at Central Park, 9151 N.W. 2nd Place.

'We also have patients that wandered away and came back again, ' he said. "We've been there for like an hour or two". "I looked outside and it was nearly like the world was ending", Alex Carver, who works at a deli across the street from the explosion, told NBC Miami. "I live a mile away & my fan shook so hard I thought it was going to fall".

A police officer, Chavez Grant, said there were no known fatalities. Volunteers are expected to remain there around the clock. It injured approximately 21 people and caused significant damage to multiple businesses.

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