Blast flattens buildings in US city

Last updated 17:05 24/11/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Car plunges 40m down Coromandel Peninsula sea cliff Grieving One Direction star Louis Tomlinson performs days after mum's death Why the Jaguar XE is the Top Executive Car of 2016 What I learned from an embarrassing public meltdown The 63-year-old who transformed from couch potato to world record-holder How to react when someone is wearing the same outfit as you at a party Dunedin's indoor stadium strong contender to hold Joseph Parker world title defence Overnight search on foot finds lost trampers on Mt Ruapehu Joseph Parker's rival Anthony Joshua hammers Eric Molina, announces Wladimir Klitschko fight Rescue helicopter responds two times in one night to calls from hut in Nelson Lakes National Park

US officials say a natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities levelled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings but didn't kill anyone.

Firefighters, police officers and gas company workers in the area because of an earlier gas leak report were among the 18 people injured in the Springfield blast, authorities said.

"This is a miracle ... that no one was killed," Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray said at a press conference.

The explosion blew out all windows in a three-block radius, leaving three more buildings beyond repair and prompting emergency workers to evacuate a six-story apartment building that was buckling.

It looked as though there had been "a missile strike," police said.

The victims were taken to two hospitals in the city. None of their injuries was considered life-threatening, officials said.

Firefighters were investigating a gas leak when the blast happened.

Resident Wayne Davis said he felt his apartment building shake a block away.

The Navy veteran said the boom was louder than anything he'd ever heard, including the sound of a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.

Ad Feedback
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content