Fresno, California 2020-10-17 22:45:45 –
Harrisonburg city officials said the explosion occurred at a shopping center around 8:30 am. Over 70 firefighters responded to the scene.
In total, five people were injured in the explosion. The university confirmed that three of them were college students at James Madison University. Two of the victims were severely airlifted to the hospital. Another victim was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and two were treated on-site for minor injuries.
In a news release, James Madison University further revealed that three students were slightly injured after being cut in flying glass.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has placed a state of emergency for additional support in what he called a “gas explosion.” City officials have not yet classified the explosion as gas-related.
My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Harrisonburg after the gas explosion this morning.
First responders and firefighters were on-site and stationed state emergency personnel for additional support. Avoid this area.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) October 17, 2020
A barbershop manager who once stood in the area told ABC-affiliated WHSV that one of his employees noticed a strong gas odor in the area on Saturday morning.
The WHSV reported that it would probably take several days before fire authorities could determine the cause of the explosion.
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