Plantation explosion: Injuries reported at Florida shopping complex

Plantation explosion: Injuries reported at Florida shopping complex

The morning after a possible gas explosion leveled parts of a shopping center in Plantation and injured 23 people, all the broken windows in the nearby Fountains plaza were boarded up - some with leftover plywood from Hurricane Irma - and the shattered glass was swept into neat piles.

The Plantation Fire Department confirmed on Twitter that a gas explosion had occurred, and that there were "multiple patients".

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reported that the blast, which occurred at the Market at University shopping center, scattered debris for hundreds of yard and blew the roof off one section of the complex.

Niko Davis, 12, was at home with his mum about three miles away when they heard a "boom" and heard the windows on their house shake. "We believe that. That's what it appears to be". Haven't confirmed a gas leak just yet, but there's significant debris throughout the whole strip mall that's involved.

Plantation police tweeted: "All stores and businesses in the area of the Fountains Plaza and the Plantation Marketplace plaza near LA Fitness will be shut down until further notice until Fire Personnel can determine that it is safe to return".

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No other details were immediately known. "We did have an active gas leak when we arrived, (but) they were able to secure it", Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said, referring to the Broward County's hazardous materials team that initially secured the lines with TECO, a gas utility company.

The Plantation fire department called it a gas explosion. Gordon also could not confirm where the explosion originated. "It was a pretty insane scene", said Jessi Walasheck, who witnessed the explosion.

"At this point, the hazards have been secured".

This story is developing. Authorities say no deaths have been reported at this time.

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