Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Gas explosion at US mall injures 21

Gas explosion at US mall injures 21

The explosion happened Saturday morning at a shopping center in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

The local fire department says between 15 and 20 people have been injured, including two seriously, with final numbers still to be confirmed.

An explosion obliterated a vacant restaurant at a shopping center in South Florida on Saturday, injuring at least 21 people and showering the parking lot with debris.

The explosion caused widespread damage to the mall with windows shattered and the access road to the retail centre was covered in debris. "It was like raining pieces of roof, wall, bricks."That's when he saw people running and shouting."I was afraid", Villa said".

"We don't know for sure", Plantation Fire Rescue spokesman Deputy Chief Joel Gordon said. Fire and PD are working an incident involving an explosion.

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Emergency officials and witnesses are saying this could have been a lot worse and that it's a blessing that no lives have been lost.

News4Jax reporter Brittany Muller is from this area, and her parents live about 3 miles from the blast. Though firefighters found ruptured gas lines afterward, authorities said it was too early to determine a cause. It completely demolished a building and blew out the windows of an LA Fitness club next door. He said two of the patients had serious injuries, and one of them had been categorized as a Level 1 trauma.

The police and fire departments later tweeted to ask anyone nearby to stay away from the area.

Nearby roads were shut down after the explosion. So we're very thankful for that, ' Gordon said.

Gordon said there's uncertainty about the number of injured individuals because authorities are still encountering people who left the scene and then returned.

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