Yarmouth, Maine Explosion: One Dead, 3 Injured After Huge Blast Levels Condo, Hurls Debris Into Neighbors’ Yards [VIDEO]
A Yarmouth, Maine explosion killed one man and injured three other people after a gas leak triggered the massive blast. The devastating Yarmouth, Maine explosion occurred around 6:20 a.m. at a condo complex made up of modern, upscale attached homes. Residents of Yarmouth, a town about 10 miles north of Portland, said they felt the blast up to a mile away.
According to CBX 13 News, the explosion demolished a duplex and part of the house next door. Twelve neighboring homes were heavily damaged. The blast threw debris all over the lawns and adjacent houses. Bits of insulation, scraps of splintered wood, dust and pieces of appliances and furniture littered the area.
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Tragically, one man was killed during the Yarmouth, Maine explosion. New York Daily News reports that police recovered the body of 65-year-old Peter Corey among the rubble. Three other people sustained injuries during the explosion.
"I initially thought something had hit my house, or a small plane had crashed into the woods," John Vincent, a neighbor of the residence that was demolished, told AP. Vincent lives a few hundred yards away from where the Yarmouth, Maine explosion happened.
Authorities believe the catastrophic Yarmouth, Maine explosion was caused by a gas buildup in the home. According to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, more than 50 percent of American homes use natural gas as their dominant heating source. While it is a clean, efficient and relatively safe form of energy, it can become extremely dangerous and volatile if a gas leak leads to a build up inside a home.
Fortunately, officials add a noxious odor - like rotten eggs - to the gas so that residents can detect a leak more easily.
AP reports that a similar explosion in Maine took place in February. A home in Bath erupted in flames after a leak in a propane line ignited the blast. One woman was killed during the explosion that rocked the two-unit apartment building. The building was leveled.
CBX 13 News reports on the Yarmouth, Maine explosion:
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