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    Multiple Injuries Reported in Florida Shopping Mall Gas Explosion (Photo, Video)

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Multiple people were hurt Saturday when a massive blast ripped through a shopping plaza in Plantation in the US state of Florida, a local fire department said.

    "Gas explosion 800 blk SUD multiple patients," the Plantation Fire volunteer group said on Twitter.

    ​Plantation Fire Battalion Chief Joel Gordon was cited as saying by the WPLG news channel that at least 20 people were injured, two of them seriously.

    ​​The explosion reportedly happened inside a fitness centre.

    ​Photos of the site showed a huge chunk of the shopping mall destroyed, with debris lying around in a wide radius.

    The explosion shattered windows and damaged nearby buildings. Photos of the site showed a huge chunk of the shopping mall destroyed, with debris scattered around in a wide radius.

    Police said they were working on what is believed to be a gas explosion. All stores and businesses in the area around the blast-ravaged Fountains Plaza were closed.

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