He Was Calling The Gas Company When The Mall Exploded, ‘But By Then It Was Too Late’

Jul 7, 2019

The roads are clear, the cleanup has begun and most nearby businesses have opened their doors. But the mystery behind the explosion that leveled a Plantation strip mall and injured 23 people remains.

“The investigation is going to take awhile,” said Plantation Fire Rescue’s deputy chief, Joel Gordon. “There’s so many things that can cause an explosion.”

Gordon said all but two of the 23 people people wounded by the explosion have been released from the hospital, and one man who was listed in critical condition Saturday has been upgraded to fair. Plantation police said they did not have names of the victims still being treated.

Fire rescue officials have walked back from initial reports Saturday that it was a gas leak that caused a blast heard for miles around. The force blew out windows of shops and cars, ripped brick from buildings, caved in ceilings and left the dust-hazed scene looking like “a war zone,” as some witnesses called it.

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