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Explosion in Plantation rocks multiple businesses, multiple injured

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Police working explosion in Plantation. (CBS Newspath)

Firefighters and police responded to an explosion near a shopping plaza in Plantation Saturday afternoon.

According to the Plantation Police Department, 23 people were injured and 19 of them were taken to the hospital. One of the people injured was a child. One person was transported in serious condition. Two people who were transported to a trauma hospital are now in fair condition.

Broward Health Medical officials say the two victims with serious injuries, one adult and one child, are in fair condition.

Firefighters say South University Drive and Peters road reopened after eight hours.

The Plantation Police Department announced on Monday afternoon that businesses in the Fountains Plaza were approved to reopen, but drivers in the area should use caution in the southeast parking lot of the plaza, as there is still debris along the southern edge.

TECO Peoples Gas, the gas company that provides natural gas to at least six businesses in the plaza, including a pizza shop, confirmed they received a phone call around 11:30 a.m. from a restaurant worker right before the explosion. The energy company says they are only aware of the one phone call, but were in the process of sending a technician out at the time of the explosion.

The Coral Springs Police Department said on Twitter that multiple agencies are responding to the incident.

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