At least four people were killed and two others were injured after an explosion destroyed and damaged several homes in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
First responders were called to a home on Washington Street and Butler Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday for a reported explosion.
Several neighbors said they heard a loud explosion in the area. Videos and photos from the scene showed several houses destroyed or damaged.
“I heard a big bang,” Russell Noll, a neighbor, told NBC10. “I thought a bomb had gone off. I thought someone had dropped a bomb somewhere. And then all the sirens started going off. And it wasn’t too far from where I lived. So I started walking to where the sirens were going and the ambulance and it was just a big explosion around the whole area.”
Ashley Miller, another neighbor, told NBC10 that she was sitting on her bed when the back window in her bedroom exploded.
“I just saw smoke and I thought the whole back of the house was gone and I ran to the kids and ran out the door,” Miller said.
Authorities revealed Thursday night that at least four people were killed, two others were injured and two others are possibly missing. They have not yet released the identities or ages of the victims.
The Pottstown Fire Department, Pottstown Police, Pennsylvania State Police, ATF, Bureau of Fire and Red Cross remain on scene as investigation and rescue efforts continue.
All Pottstown schools will be closed to students and staff on Friday due to the blast, Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez announced Thursday night.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those families,” Rodriguez wrote. “When schools open again, our counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support.”
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