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Demolition Begins At Site Of Plantation Mall Explosion

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Demolition crews on Tuesday began razing a Plantation shopping center section that exploded in July due to a gas leak.

Brittany Wallman / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Every building in a Plantation shopping center has been declared unsafe after a tremendous explosion there nine days ago.

Whether the buildings will ever reopen is unclear. Mayor Lynn Stoner did not respond to requests for comments by email, text or cellphone to explain whether the buildings at the Market on University shopping center must be demolished or can be repaired.

An investigation continues into the cause of the explosion, which destroyed a former pizzeria, blew out windows throughout the shopping center and injured 23 people.

Matias Ocner / MIAMI HERALD

Three days after an explosion at a Plantation shopping plaza that injured at least 23 people, at least five victims have hired a well-known law firm to seek compensation for their injuries, lawyers representing the group said Tuesday.

“This is not some sort of lightning strike out of the blue, some sort of act of nature. What happened here in almost all instances is because some company or some individual disregarded their obligations,” said attorney William Lewis, of the Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

Updated at 6:28 p.m. Saturday. 

At least 23 people were injured after an explosion rocked a shopping center in Plantation just before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Police completed their search for victims, as well as a secondary sweep by late afternoon Saturday.  

There are no reported fatalities. One person suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. They were taken to the trauma center at Broward Health Medical Center.  While 18 others with injuries were taken to local hospitals, according to the Plantation Police Dept.