• At least 21 injured after massive explosion rocks Florida shopping plaza, firefighters say

    By: James Tutten


    PLANTATION, Fla. - 4:30 P.M. Update: 
    Plantation firefighters have confirmed at least 21 people were injured after a massive explosion at a South Florida shopping plaza.

    Crews are continuing to search the area for victims.



    2 P.M. Update: 
    Around 15 to 20 people were injured after an explosion rocked a South Florida shopping plaza, firefighters said. 

    Firefighters said the explosion occurred around 11:28 a.m. near or at an LA Fitness on University Drive in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale.

    There are no reports of any deaths and the total number of people injured is not known, firefighters said. 

    After originally calling it a gas explosion, firefighters said they are working to confirm the cause of the blast.

    Officials said multiple people were inside the LA Fitness and other nearby businesses at the time of the explosion.



    Original report:

    Police and firefighters are investigating an explosion at a South Florida shopping plaza that injured multiple people.

    The explosion happened Saturday morning at a shopping center west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. 

    The blast sent large pieces of debris about 100 yards across the street, officials said.


    The Plantation fire and police departments said on Twitter that the street was closed to traffic. 

    The fire department called it a gas explosion with "multiple patients." 

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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