7Skyforce hovered over the scene where large amounts of debris could be seen. "There's a lot of damage, a lot of damage". One person suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.
"Our primary effort right now is to make sure that we rescue anyone who needs rescuing and we treat anyone who's injured", Ryan said. "We know that there were two that were serious". They were taken to the trauma center at Broward Health Medical Center. "The others were transported locally". There were no fatalities and all the victims have been located, Plantation Fire Deputy Chief Joel Gordon told reporters during a Saturday afternoon press conference.
Police Sgt. Jessica Ryan said no one was found trapped in the rubble.
"We had ruptured gas lines". Authorities have shut off the gas to the area surrounding the blast.
"At this point, the hazards have been secured".
Fire officials said they believe a gas line exploded inside a vacant pizza restaurant, sending chunks of concrete and other debris flying through the air. They advised motorists are to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
Walaschek was driving away from the mall's LA Fitness and pizza restaurant, the area where the explosion occurred, when he says, when he saw the saw the explosion in the rearview mirror. Some businesses appeared to be completely destroyed.
The owner said their business is closed for the holiday weekend so luckily there were no children inside learning how to code.
Some people had tourniquets on their legs, he said. "As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse".
"We also have patients that wandered away and came back again", he said. "We've been there for like an hour or two". "I looked outside and it was nearly like the world was ending".