Shopping Center Gas Explosion In Florida – In a gas explosion more than twenty people were injured on Saturday in South Florida.
Shopping Center Gas Explosion In Florida:
The gas explosion happened around noon at The Fountains, a shopping cent er in Plantation, a suburb in Broward County, north of Miami. The Plantation Fire Department received to a call of a possible gas explosion at 11:28 a.m.
“At this point, we believe we’ve accounted for everyone,” Plantation Fire Department deputy chief Joel Gordon said Saturday afternoon, “Thank goodness at this point nobody was killed. … As bad as it is it could have been a lot worse.”
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. Please do not come into this area if possible.”
“There is significant debris throughout the whole strip mall,” Gordon said.
Florida Gas Explosion Cause | Damage:
Gordon said around 15 to 20 people were injured, while two who were in critical condition. Officials found wounded people mostly in the gym. Gordon said responders got ruptured gas lines and an active gas leak at the time of arriving on scene but have not revealed whether that was the cause of the explosion.
The explosion launched the debris at cars and storefronts, shattering windows. “The vacant shop being remodeled was the one that exploded,” a witness said. “The only thing that was left was some of the framework. It exploded both ways, it went north, south and to the west. It blew the windows out at LA fitness and it collapsed the roof.” He added, “I’ve seen buildings blow up in the past but I’ve never seen it like this. it was just so much debris. The sheet metal was twisted. There was a lot of energy behind that explosion.”