Transcript for Kansas City Gas Explosion and Massive Fire Leaves Fourteen Injured
The blast in Kansas City who told you about a second ago was so powerful. That it shook windows and doors of homes and businesses blocks away. And now investigators are looking into whether or gas leak may have triggered the explosion and a fire NEC's -- -- ten has the latest. Dozens of firefighters in first responders battled a massive blaze and a shopping and entertainment district of Kansas City. The force of the blast leveled the restaurant sending broken glass and building materials flying near the country club plaza surrounding streets are littered with debris. A huge fireball engulfed the entire city block thick black smoke filled the air and could be seen for miles. -- this was a happy hour. At a restaurant there were patrons in the restaurant investigation is ongoing but it does seem like an accident that doesn't appear to be foul play at this time. Witnesses say the explosion was so loud and powerful it could be -- at least a half mile away residents in the area were asked to evacuate. I I didn't see initial explosion -- was turned away and ground shook. Sounded like and it's it was an expert is John explosion several people who were injured were taken to area hospitals most of the injuries were lacerations from flying -- prior to the explosion the fire department and gas company Ray-J j.'s restaurant. Investigating complaints with the strong smell of gas. Patrons were asked to leave the building which may have helped to keep the number of injuries down. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that this turns out to be what it looks like at first blush which is a relatively low number compared to what it could have been. -- -- -- and ABC news. New York. -- that were originally were original reports -- may have been a car that crashed into the building and hit the main. The gas -- and that's what created it but so far police have not been able to establish. That that is the case is so that's definitely. Going to be interesting to see what is causing that's. Other asserts that scene throughout the night at just as a precaution they did bring in some cadaver dogs just in case or any fatalities this point it is not look like there will be. But certainly that's going to be developing story through throughout the day -- -- from the video they're just how dramatic fire really what's.
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