Indiana house explodes, damages at least 39 homes


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A Special Collapse Unit responds after an apparent house explosion ripples through a neighborhood in the town of Evansville, in southern Indiana.

At least two people were injured as a result of the explosion which occurred around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Initial reports were unclear on the exact number and there was no update on the severity of the injuries.

According to the Evansville Fire Department, at least 39 homes are considered “damaged” by the blast.

The blast had a radius of 100 feet, Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly told the Evansville Courier & Press. The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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Mayor Lloyd Winnecke posted footage of the destruction following the explosion on Twitter. Nearby houses were damaged by the explosion but all fires were extinguished.

Police have closed most streets in the surrounding area, and the local Red Cross branch is providing food and water to first responders and will help those “in need of shelter” after the blast.

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A school a few blocks from the explosion reported in a Twitter post that all students and staff were safe, but that the situation would “impact the dismissal”.




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