Massive gas blast in downtown Kansas City — Gruesome injuries reported — Up to 3 explosions (VIDEO)

Published: February 19th, 2013 at 9:47 pm ET
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>>> UPDATE HERE: One of top restaurants in Midwest “just completely gone” — Firefighters searching rubble for victims (VIDEO)

NBC News, 8:50p ET: At least 11 people were seriously injured [...] Tuesday evening in an upscale business and shopping district of Kansas City, Mo., authorities told NBC News. Kansas City police said the explosion occurred about 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) outside JJ’s Restaurant in Country Club Plaza downtown. Enormous flames tore into the night sky outside the restaurant, which was at the center of the fire and was destroyed, NBC station KSHB of Kansas City reported. Fire officials told NBC News that a secondary explosion occurred shortly afterward. [...]

Kansas City Star, 9:22p ET: At least 15 people are being treated at area hospitals, several in critical condition [...] There may have been two or even three explosions. A contractor working on a reported gas leak outside JJ’s said there was a small explosion outside the restaurant [...] Then there was a larger explosion. The worker did not think everybody got out of the restaurant. [...] A Star reporter a block north of the scene saw a man with a blood-covered face being wheeled away on a gurney. There are other gurneys outside an apartment to the north [...] He said crews were spreading tarps on the street in possible anticipation of casualties. A woman who lives in an apartment across Belleview Avenue from JJ’s said she has seen a lot of injured people being wheeled on stretchers, one man with a leg that appeared to be almost severed. She also saw people bleeding from the ears, perhaps from the explosion. [...]

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