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Witnesses heard 'boom booms' in massive Portland explosion

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 01:08

''We heard and saw these huge 'boom booms' and the building exploded, glass was shattered, instantly caught up in flames,'' says a witness who was told to leave a Portland, Oregon building before it exploded. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Three firefighters, three civilians and a police officer were injured on Wednesday (October 19) after a natural gas leak caused an explosion at a bagel shop in Portland, Oregon, Portland Fire & Rescue said. The explosion, which destroyed the Portland Bagelworks restaurant, triggered a four-alarm fire that sent a large plume of black smoke into the air. Nearby businesses in the trendy shopping area were also damaged. No fatalities were reported from the blast and the injuries were not life threatening, said Lieutenant Rich Chatman of Portland Fire & Rescue. Two of the firefighters sustained broken legs, one requiring immediate surgery, Chatman said. About 100 firefighters were on the scene of the fire putting out hot spots, Chatman said. Structural engineers as well agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives were on the scene investigating, he said. Those in the immediate vicinity of the explosion were asked to shelter in place following the blast. Melissa Moore, a spokeswoman for utility company NW Natural said gas had been shut off for about 115 customers in the area. Portland General Electric said about 2,300 people in the area were without power. The incident began when a contractor hit a NW Natural gas line, prompting an evacuation of the building. When crews started to respond the leaking gas ignited, causing the explosion, Moore said. It is unclear what ignited the blast. "We heard and saw these huge 'boom booms' and the building exploded, glass was shattered, instantly caught up in flames," says a witness who was told to leave a Portland, Oregon building before it exploded. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Witnesses heard 'boom booms' in massive Portland explosion

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 01:08