According to local news reports, two victims are confirmed dead and several others have been transported to local hospitals following a devastating explosion near Stop 11 and Sherman in Indianapolis. WISH-TV reports that Citizens Gas is on the scene investigating whether this explosion in the Richmond Hill subdivision was caused by a natural gas leak. At the time of this posting, authorities are not allowing homeowners back into their homes, and the cause of the explosion is not yet known.
UPDATE, 11/11/12, 7:33 p.m.: Fox News is reporting that Rep. Andre Carson says that investigators have ruled out a meth lab or a bomb as possible causes of the blast. See the Fox News report here. The report further states that Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins has estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
The photos and video broadcast from the scene make it clear that the explosion was extremely powerful. Witnesses interviewed by WTHR described the blast as having been extremely loud and destructive.
For more information, see this story published by the Chicago Tribune online.
Details about this devastating explosion and the resulting fire are continuing to come out, and we will continue to monitor reports and post updates.
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