Demolition Begins At Site Of Plantation Mall Explosion

Oct 1, 2019
Plantation explosion
Courtesy of EDENS / WLRN

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.

DANIEL A. VARELA / Miami Herald

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.

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.


Groveland Four
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried thanked a group of Plantation students Wednesday for their activism surrounding criminal justice and presented them with a proclamation declaring their "shining example of citizen involvement in government for the people." 

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

One of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ campaign pledges was to make Israel the first foreign country he visits in office. DeSantis came to South Florida on Tuesday to announce he’s keeping that promise – and that he’ll do more than just visit Israel.

Plantation Mayoral Debate
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Three of the five candidates running to be the next mayor of Plantation debated at a Tuesday evening meeting for the city’s Democratic Club.

Peter Tingom, Lynn Stoner and Aron Davis were invited to speak to the small crowd that gathered inside Deike Auditorium, as rain poured down outside. 

They fielded questions on issues like housing, recycling, and development.


Covenant Village residents, family
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Before the chaos unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks ago, residents at Covenant Village Senior Living Center got a special Valentine’s Day performance from Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Christian Academy school. 

As February draws to a close, we still wanted to bring you this story of one Broward community’s volunteering, hope and love.

pickleball paddles
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Pickleball has been in South Florida for the past five years or so, but it was just last year that the sport virtually exploded in  popularity Broward County parks.