At least 3 injured in shopping center explosion in U.S. state Virginia

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

An explosion Saturday morning at a commercial strip in downtown Harrisonburg, Va., injured three people and destroyed multiple businesses, local officials said.

The fire and damage have so far been contained to the initial shopping area, which included a barbershop, vape store, music store and grocery store.

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Firefighters were searching for anyone who might be unaccounted for in the mall, said Parks.

Later, James Madison University tweeted that three students were involved in the incident.

Virginia shopping center fire
Explosion reported on South Main Street in Harrisonburg Saturday morning

Parks said the building is a total loss.

Two people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, and another with minor injuries, Parks said.

Among the injured are three James Madison University students, said the reports. Two other students were treated at the scene and released, according to the post.

The cause of the explosion was not clear immediately and an investigation was underway. Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia said that an investigation could take days to determine the cause.

Social media reactions indicated that the initial explosion was felt possibly miles away. "So, I looked right outside the window that was right by me and I saw that there was the beginning of some serious smoke going on".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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