UPDATED 10:25 AM PT — Sunday, May 17, 2020
Multiple firefighters were injured following a massive explosion in Los Angeles. The blaze erupted in the downtown area of Little Tokyo late Saturday night.
At least 11 firefighters were injured, four critically. All have been sent to the hospital, where they’re expected to survive.
At least 230 firefighters responded to the scene before it was extinguished. Witnesses explained they felt the explosion from nearby.
“It was a big jolt when it exploded,” stated one witness. “I thought it was, like, an earthquake, it was huge.”
A large explosion at a commercial building in downtown #LosAngeles,There are 2 air ambulances and 23 ground ambulances assigned to call. Multiple explosions still being reported. pic.twitter.com/fplBNWx2cZ
— Terrence Daniels (Captain ???? Planet) (@Terrence_STR) May 17, 2020
Locals even reported metal debris falling out after the incident.
Authorities believe the fire started at a hash oil supplier facility, which has a significant amount of highly flammable butane.