23 Hurt After Plantation Shopping Plaza Rocked By Huge Explosion


THIS IS CBS 4 NEWS. LOOK AT THE DEBRIS HERE. IT LOOKS LIKE 9/11. BREAKING RIGHT NOW AT 6:00, A POSSIBLE GAS EXPLOSION IN PLANTATION INJURING 23 PEOPLE SENDING 19 OF THEM TO THE HOSPITAL. IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE NOON TODAY. CHOPPER FOUR IS LIVE OVER THE SCENE WHERE YOU CAN SEE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE WHITE BUILDING IS THE LA FITNESS AND THE EXPLOSION HAPPENING ACROSS THE STREET AT A VACANT PIZZA SHOP AND 23 INJURED INCLUDING THE CHILD AND THE CHILD IS NOT ONE OF THE TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED. ONE OF THE SERIOUSLY INJURED IS POSSIBLY LIFE-THREATENING. THE SEARCH FOR VICTIMS IS COMPLETE FIRE DEPUTIES SAY THEY ARE RELIEVED AND THEY SAY IT COULD BE WORSE LOOKING AT THE SCOPE OF THE DAMAGE. TONIGHT, CREWS ARE ON SCENE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED IT ALL. WE DO HAVE NEWS TEAM COVERAGE AND THEY ARE AT A CENTER SET UP TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES BUT WE BEGIN WITH AMBER DIAZ WHERE THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED AND INVESTIGATORS, ARE THEY SAYING WHAT CAUSED THIS? Reporter:, FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT CHAOS OUT HERE SINCE 11:30 THIS MORNING. WE HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAD TO LITERALLY RUN FOR THEIR LIVES TO ESCAPE THIS EXPLOSION. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THIS IS POSSIBLY A GAS EXPLOSION THAT HAPPENED INSIDE A VACANT PIZZA PARLOR ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FOUNTAINS PLAZA. YOU CAN SEE DEBRIS COVERING THE GROUND AND YARDS OF DEBRIS. WE ARE ALSO DEALING WITH THE SMELL OF LINGERING GAS, WHICH AUTHORITIES TELL ME IF NORMAL. AND IS NOT A SIGN OF THE EXPLOSION BUT IT IS THE SMELL THEY PUT INTO THAT GAS. WE HAVE ABOUT A DOZEN CARS STRANDED. TO THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING WITH US BECAUSE I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN TRAUMATIC. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. Reporter: HE CATCHES HIS BREATH. HE WAS JUST INSIDE HIS YOGA CLASS IN THE FOUNTAINS PLAZA WHEN AN EXPLOSION BLEW OUT THE WINDOWS. PUT, SPLIT SECOND LATER THE CEILING DROPPED IN ON US AND THE WINDOWS BLEW IT RIGHT IN. GLASS WAS EVERYWHERE. AND WE WERE LIKE WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO. Reporter: THEY WENT THROUGH THE EMERGENCY EXIT AND WENT INTO A PARKING LOT FILLED WITH DEBRIS. THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. OFFICIALS SAY AN EXPLOSION HAPPENED IN THE PLAZA WERE 21 PEOPLE WERE HURT AND TWO OF THEM SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE VIEW FROM ABOVE SHOWING IT COLLAPSED, THE BUILDING AND GLASS SPREAD OUT AND DRY WALL COVERING THE GROUND. OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO CONFIRM IF THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED INSIDE A VACANT PIZZA PARLOR NEAR THE LA FITNESS. THOSE WORKING NEARBY FELT THE INTENSE VIBRATIONS. ALL OF A SUDDEN WE FELT A HUGE EXPLOSION AND EVERYTHING IN THE BUILDING LIFTED UP AND WE THOUGHT CEILING COMING DOWN. OUR CEILING CAVED IN AND THERE WAS STUFF FLYING AROUND IN MY STUDENT WAS ON THE GROUND VERY SCARED. AND THEN OUTSIDE, JUST A BIG

One Reply to “23 Hurt After Plantation Shopping Plaza Rocked By Huge Explosion”

  1. Begs the question: Surely a place that experiences a gas leak – like this center apparently did a few months back – should be closely monitored…. Say, have a city inspector use a gas detecting device to make sure there are no more leaks…?!

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