A house explosion 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia killed four people and injured two others on Thursday night.
Two people are reportedly missing after the Pottstown blast that sparked a heavy two-alarm fire and damaged a number of nearby homes.
“We are receiving information that there may be two people unaccounted for,” Justin Keller, Pottstown Borough Manager said at a brief press conference broadcast by WTXF-TV.
“I just heard this big bang and I came out and there was nothing but a column of smoke where those houses were & a 30-foot hole in the ground,” resident Michael Barnett told the Pottstown News.
Dorothy Auman told the newspaper she was watching “Chicago Fire” when the explosion ripped through the neighborhood.
“When I heard it and I looked out the window. Debris was flying as far as you could see,” she said.
The explosion was felt miles away and police suspect the blast was caused by a gas leak.
Video from the scene of the house explosion on Hale Street in Pottstown. pic.twitter.com/1tnl13a5oL— Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews) May 27, 2022
Here is one of Alex Beam’s drone photos of the Pottstown explosion taken before it got dark. https://t.co/MhXjSM5tvI— Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews) May 27, 2022
At the scene of what appears to be an explosion on N. Washington Street in Pottstown. 1 house entirely gone, other houses damaged. No flames, smoke or smell of gas. These are the shots I got before police kicked me out. pic.twitter.com/r7gEgepQRx— Evan Brandt (@PottstownNews) May 27, 2022