Florida Blast: At Least 23 Nearby Complexes Sustain Significant Damage

Jul 07, 2019, 10.50 AM (IST)
An explosion obliterated a vacant restaurant at a shopping center in South Florida on Saturday, injuring at least 21 people and showering the parking lot with debris. Firefighters found a ruptured natural gas line, but authorities said the cause of the explosion in Plantation, Florida, about six miles west of Fort Lauderdale, was still under investigation. Video shows the force of the blast blew out several windows at a nearby L.A. Fitness gym, sending patrons running for the exits. Two people suffered serious injuries and were taken to the trauma center at a local hospital, Joel Gordon, the city's deputy fire chief, said at a news conference.