Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Plantation explosion: Injuries reported at Florida shopping complex

Plantation explosion: Injuries reported at Florida shopping complex

At least 21 people were injured, including two seriously, after an apparent gas explosion Saturday shattered parts of a shopping mall in the south Florida city of Plantation, authorities said.

Ruptured gas lines were found in the rubble at the scene in Plantation, Fla., outside Fort Lauderdale in Broward County around 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Photos of the site showed a huge chunk of the shopping mall destroyed, with debris lying around in a wide radius. Debris flew about 100 yards across the street, WJXT in Jacksonville reported.

The Plantation fire department said on Twitter that there were multiple patients being treated at the scene.

Witnesses said a vacant restaurant appeared to be ground zero for the blast. Among the injured was a child, but the injuries were no classified as serious, Gordon said.

All stores and businesses in the area around the blast-ravaged Fountains Plaza were closed. The business released a statement saying its center was "completely destroyed" and will be closed until further notice.

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Alex Carver was working at a deli across the street when the explosion happened.

"I thought it was thunder after, then I thought something fell on the roof, and everything started shaking", said a younger woman.

Another resident tweeted: "I live a mile at most from today's gas explosion in Plantation".

"I started seeing pieces of the building falling on my head", Villa told ABC News. "If this had happened a minute before when we were getting the kids in the auto, it would have been really bad".

He said: "A huge, huge bang, thump, almost, explosion". 'We just cry and cry, you know?

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