Gas Explosion Levels Northwest Baltimore Homes
August 10, 2020
Source: WJZ CBS 13 Baltimore
Approximate location containing home damage:
– Reisterstown Station, Baltimore (Baltimore County, 21215)
*Impacted properties reportedly located in 4200 block of Labyrinth Road
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Residents in the northwest Baltimore neighborhood where a gas explosion crumbled at least three homes say the explosion rocked their homes — blocks away.
“It was catastrophic. It was like a bomb, like you watch things in other countries where they have like bombings and things like that,” said neighbor Jones said. “It was like watching that in real life. Telephone poles split, I mean, houses down the block, broken glass. When I initially got there, I could hear a voice just saying ‘Help,’ it’s crazy. It’s something I don’t ever wanna see ever again; I don’t want to relive it ever again.”
Jones who lived a few blocks away said when he heard the explosion he took off running.
“I had no shoes, somebody had to bring me my shoes. I took off running down the street, neighbors were looking at me like I was kind of crazy like ‘what’s going on?’ and ‘where is it, where is it?’ So once I got to the alley I could see the smoke and I just took off and a couple other neighbors joined with me,” said Jones. “I was just like let’s just see if there’s anybody in there and we started calling out ‘is anybody in there? is anybody in there?’ And I could hear a voice just like ‘help, help’ so we just we just started digging in moving bricks. I mean everything, all kinds of debris like parts of a fence like, we weren’t even thinking, you could hear gas in the background it was crazy.”
“I heard a kaboom and I thought it was a car or something and when I came out, I seen the debris and something’s gone, totally gone,” one man told WJZ’s Paul Gessler, calling it a mess and chaos.
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