A major house gas explosion occurred Monday morning in northwest Baltimore, not far from Reisterstown Road Plaza. The explosion happened in the 6500 block of Reisterstown Road near Labyrinth Road. Multiple injuries and entrapments were reported. A woman has been pronounced dead on scene. Five others people were injured, four of them in serious condition. One more person was trapped. Three homes collapsed and the force of the explosion and debris blew out windows and doors in at least 16 nearby homes. People were wearing masks to protect others from COVID-19, trying to stay safe while helping their neighbors.The cause is under investigation. Reisterstown Road is closed between Clarks Lane and Fallstaff Road. The American Red Cross was on the scene to help with any displaced residents.
The gas was turned off in the immediate area. Eyewitnesses told they heard a large boom and felt the ground shake for at least a four block radius. Debris was seen scattered in the roadway. “It was catastrophic. It was like a bomb, like you watch things in other countries where they have like bombings and things like that,” a resident said. Gov. Larry Hogan thanked first responders and said state officials are monitoring the situation.