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Explosion hits residential neighborhood in Philadelphia

An explosion rocked a residential neighborhood in Philadelphia on Tuesday, causing the front wall of one townhouse to collapse and damage those of two others, according to local officials and NBC Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Fire Department shared an image of the explosion on Twitter and warned people nearby to avoid the 6300 block of Algard Street in the city’s northeast.

A 61-year-old man was rushed to hospital for treatment for his undisclosed injuries, and a second man was treated for smoke inhalation, according to NBC News Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Fire Department did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.

This is breaking news and will be updated.

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