At least three houses in Baltimore, Maryland exploded on August 10th.
Officials: Gas Explosion Caused Three Baltimore Houses to Explode
Officials in Baltimore, Maryland, say that a significant gas explosion of three homes killed one person and injured at least three others. The houses located near Reisterstown Station, just behind Reisterstown Plaza shopping center, earlier this morning. Of the three homes destroyed, the explosion destroyed the home of a U.S. Army veteran, Major Watkins Jr. 88-years-old and Caroline Youngblood 90-years-old.
Reports from The Baltimore Sun say the exact cause of this gas explosion was not immediately clear. Rescue crews, just before noon, found a woman buried in the rubble. 200 rescue personnel were on the scene. Police are warning people to avoid the area because the gas leak remains active. Another person was buried in rubble, one person was hiding in a closet, and one man reported hearing children shout they were trapped.
Neighbors reported their windows were blown out, and doors flew off their hinges. Additionally, local residents reported feeling the blast from several miles away.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company were called by the fire department around 9:50 am to have their crews arrive at the scene. BGE reported they are attempting to turn off the gas to the buildings because once the gas is off, they can assess the situation and BGE equipment.
The exact cause of the explosion is unclear; however, many gas lines in the Baltimore area need serious repairs. The number of leaks reported increased by 75 percent from 2009 to 2016 due to the failure of pipe joints from the 1950s and 60s. The homes destroyed date back to around the 1960s. The amount of residents using natural gas has increased by 3.5 percent in the past five years.
The investigation of what caused the explosion is undergoing.