Gas explosion at South Florida shopping center injures at least 21

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A powerful gas explosion caused multiple injuries on Saturday at a shopping mall in Florida, firefighters said.

Video posted to Twitter showed the force of the blast blew out several windows at a nearby L.A. Fitness gym, sending patrons running for the exits. "We're still searching the collapse area for any leftover victims, but at this point, we believe we've accounted for everyone".

CNN affiliate WPLG reported that the explosion occurred at The Fountains mall in Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale. There were no known fatalities immediately after the explosion, said police officer Chavez Grant.

"The ceiling kind of caved in, and she was screaming, and I was just trying to process it". Witnesses said he had lost a lot of blood.

Debris is strewn all over a auto park in another shocking clip.

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Gordon said firefighters found a ruptured gas line but could not yet confirm it had caused the explosion.

Authorities have shut down University Drive from Broward Boulevard to Peters Road, as well as Peters Road between University and Southwest 78th Avenue. Police report the gas in the area has been secured. A pizza restaurant next door was closed when the explosion hit. Some businesses appeared to be completely destroyed. "Praying nobody was killed, and that no one you know was nearby and affected". But, at the same time, we're just so grateful that no one's hurt.

A family and business reunification center has been set up at Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW 2nd Street, according to police.

Alex Carver was working at a deli across the street when the explosion happened.

"We also have patients that wandered away and came back again", he said.

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