5 dead after Pennsylvania house explosion; 2 injured

Authorities say five people are dead after a house exploded northwest of Philadelphia

ByThe Associated Press
May 27, 2022, 2:51 PM
An investigator, center top, moves through the scene of a deadly explosion in a residential neighborhood in Pottstown, Pa., Friday, May 27, 2022. A house exploded northwest of Philadelphia, killing several people and leaving a few others injured, aut
An investigator, center top, moves through the scene of a deadly explosion in a residential neighborhood in Pottstown, Pa., Friday, May 27, 2022. A house exploded northwest of Philadelphia, killing several people and leaving a few others injured, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The Associated Press

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- A house exploded northwest of Philadelphia, killing five people and leaving two others injured, authorities said Friday.

Officials had earlier said four people died and others might be missing in Thursday evening's explosion in Pottstown but confirmed the fifth fatality as they combed through debris, Borough Manager Justin Keller said at a news conference Friday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Two people were hospitalized, Keller said, with one in critical condition and another undergoing surgery. Everyone previously missing had been accounted for Friday.

The cause of the blast is still being investigated, Keller said.

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This story has been corrected to say the explosion was northwest of Philadelphia, not northwest of Pennsylvania.

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