Plantation Explosion: The Fountains Plantation Florida Gas Explosion, 20 People Injured, Videos and Photos, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Fountains Plantation Florida Gas Explosion

Fountains Plantation Florida Gas Explosion

Police and fire crews are combing through the rubble of an explosion at a shopping center in Florida, officials said Saturday.

The blast was reported at The Fountains shopping center in Plantation, just outside of Fort Lauderdale, according to the Plantation Police Department.

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About 15 to 20 people were injured, including two seriously, fire officials said.

Thirteen people have gone to the Westside Regional Medical Center emergency room, a hospital official told ABC News.

Video showed windows blown out of an LA Fitness while a building next door appeared completely destroyed, with debris strewn in all directions.

Ruptured gas lines were found in the rubble but it has not been confirmed if the blast was caused by a gas leak, officials said. The origin of the blast is also not known.

“There was a huge flash of light … it lit up the whole sky,” one witness told WPLG. “And it was loud … this surpassed fireworks … your ears were ringing.”

‘We thought it was thunder at first, and then we felt the building shake and things started falling.

I looked outside and it was almost like the world was ending,’ said Alex Carver, who works at a deli across the street from the explosion. ‘It was nuts, man. It was crazy.’

The explosion demolished the building, leaving behind only part of its metal frame. It blew out the windows of the popular fitness club next door.

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People were evacuating the building spontaneously, some screaming as fire alarms sounded.

“Right next to the gym is an empty store that is completely demolished,” Hoffman said.

Some evacuees appeared to be injured. The Plantation Fire Department said in a tweet it was treating “multiple patients.”

“We saw Good Samaritans carrying the injured,” Hoffman said. “there’s a lot of damage, a lot of damage.”

Some people had tourniquets on their leg, he said.

Erez Yacob, a stylist at the M. Evans Salon, 801 S. University Drive, said he was blow drying a client’s hair at about 12:15 p.m. when the explosion rattled the store.

“We heard a strong boom, and one second after, everything exploded in the shop and out in the street,” he said, adding that the salon’s glass windows blew out and all the shelves inside fell to the floor.

“It’s crazy,” Yacob said. “We thought it was a car or a bombing because everything (the building across the street) disappeared.”

Lynn Kline, the salon’s owner, said customers rushed to their cars, some with half-haircuts and foil in their hair still.

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Fast Facts You Need to Know

  1. A triage place has been installed on the Fountains buying middle in Plantation
  2. The explosion happened Saturday morning near the health club, west of Fort Lauderdale
  3. hearth Rescue confirmed there are more than one humans injured, significantly
  4. The blast despatched large portions of debris approximately one hundred yards throughout the street
  5. Witnesses stated a vacant restaurant appeared to be the supply of the explosion