Two people have been killed, more are missing and 34 have been injured. The explosion sent people flying through their windows. Who/what do you think was behind this explosion?
Two people have been killed and more remain missing after a large explosion ripped through an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington.
At least 34 people, including three firefighters, have been injured. Residents suffered burns from the blaze and fractures from jumping out of windows.
Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Russ Hamill announced two were killed in the blast in Silver Spring during a media conference on Thursday morning.
The explosion was also declared a ‘mass casualty incident’, and Assistant Chief Hamill added the building is still in an ‘extremely dangerous condition’.
Emergency services were called to the apartment complex shortly before midnight on Wednesday, after firefighters stationed about a mile away from the Flower Branch Apartments reportedly felt the explosion.
It is believed 28 units have been impacted and almost 100 people were forced to leave their homes after being woken up by the blast.
Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said those inside the building were desperately trying to escape the fire.
‘People were dropping children and jumping out of other windows,’ he said, according to the Washington Post.
‘Everybody was getting out of the building as rapidly as possible.’
Chief Goldstein went on to say a K-9 team searching through the rubble had a ‘hit’ shortly before 6:30am, which could mean at least one person is trapped underneath the debris.
Locals said they heard a loud ‘boom’ and some felt their house shake during the explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments on Piney Branch Road.
Pictures from the scene show a blaze tearing through the residential building and debris from the explosion thrown more than 50 yards to a parking lot across the street.
Other images showed a door that had been blown off its hinges and flung from the apartment complex, while a series of pictures from WTOP showed the damage in the day-light on Thursday.