Investigators working to determine cause of South Florida explosion

Investigators working to determine cause of South Florida explosion

Investigators working to determine cause of South Florida explosion

Police and fire crews are responding to an explosion with "multiple patients" at a shopping center in Florida, officials said Saturday.

The explosion caused significant damage to the Fountains shopping center at 801 South University Drive in Plantation.

Firefighters found ruptured gas pipes afterwards, although authorities said it was too early to determine the cause of Saturday's blast. All stores and businesses in the area around the blast-ravaged Fountains Plaza were closed. "As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse", Gordon said.

The Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that witnesses said a vacant restaurant appeared to be the source of the explosion. "It nearly felt like an quake", said a woman.

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One person wrote: "My jaw is dropped".

"We found patients scattered all around the debris area", he said, but added the injuries generally "are not as severe as what we thought they would be".

Some onlookers meandered throughout the plaza as firefighters and police picked through debris.

"Then we felt the building shake and issues started falling". The business released a statement saying its center was "completely destroyed" and will be closed until further notice.

Two people were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition, Gordon said. "Praying nobody was killed, and that no one you know was nearby and affected".

A police officer, Chavez Grant, said there were no known fatalities. "I just wanted to get these guys safe", he said, pointing to his children.

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