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A massive explosion rocked center city Allentown at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night, injuring several residents, downing dozens of high-powered electrical lines and forcing the evacuation of two city blocks and the senior citizens Gross Towers complex, according to radio reports.
The scene was complete pandemonium, with emergency vehicles converging on 13th and Liberty as flames billowed from one structure and threatened several other buildings. Fires from underground gas lines joined the conflagration, emergency radio reports said.
Several victims drove themselves to local hospitals with what one official described as "blast injuries"; a staging area was set up at the Allen Shopping Center. The 500 and 600 blocks of N. 13th Street were evacuated, and emergency officials were struggling to push back crowds of onlookers.
Evacuated Residents Back In Assisted Living FacilityKatie Shank | Web Producer
Updated: 10:56 pm EST January 2, 2011
UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. -- Residents evacuated from an assisted living facility returned to the facility Sunday night.
More than 50 people were evacuated from Sacred Heart's facility in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County around 3:30 Sunday morning.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A broken gas main forced dozens of residents to leave their homes Friday morning.
Residents in the 700 block of South Hall Street, near Lehigh Street, in Allentown, reported a smell of natural gas around 7:30.
UGI said its crews arrived on the scene 20 minutes later and, after an initial investigation, decided to call in the fire department as a precaution
Residents evacuated from Allentown high rise after fire
Fire crews responded to a fire at the Richard S. Caliguiri Senior High Rise in Allentown tonight, according to a city 911 dispatcher.
Originally posted by solarstorm
Prolly a staged event from Janet Napolitano to solidify the case of "home grown" terrorists.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
This sounds horrific. They're saying it's a house? Natural gas line explosions can be massive, although those might not be too common up north.
A home explodes in the area of 14th and Allen Sts in Allentown on Wednesday night.
Resdents from Bethlehem reported hearing the ground shake.