Multiple people injured in Florida gas explosion

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First responders at the scene of an explosion at The Fountains shopping mall in Plantation Fla

CNN affiliate WPLG reported that the explosion occurred at The Fountains mall in Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale. "I thought it was thunder after, then I thought something fell on the roof, and everything started shaking", said a younger woman. "It looked as if the world would go under". "It was nuts, man".

The blast sent large pieces of concrete and steel debris about 100 metres across the street. Two people sustained serious injuries, one of which was transported to a to a level I trauma facility, the Miami Herald reported.

The explosion demolished the building, leaving behind only part of its metal frame.

Multiple storefronts were impacted by the blast, with 21 injured, including two seriously, according to Plantation Fire Rescue spokesman, Joel Gordon.

Gordon told the press that several stores were completely damaged by the blast, including an LA Fitness gym located within the shopping center.

Chopper4 over the scene spotted the windows blown at the LA Fitness in the plaza.

Authorities are tranquil browsing for victims but be mindful all individuals has been accounted for, the he acknowledged.

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Debris are seen in a parking after an explosion at The Fountains shopping center.

Gordon also told the Herald that "as bad as it was, it could have been a lot worse".

An explosion at a shopping centre in the U.S. state of Florida injured 20 people.

Police vehicles are behind police tape after an explosion at a shopping plaza on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Florida.

Nearby roads were shut down after the explosion.

The fire department within the origin tweeted that it modified into as soon as a gas explosion, but police acknowledged they are tranquil making an strive to verify the personality of the blast.

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