South Florida

Plantation Shopping Center Declared Unsafe After Explosion: Report

All buildings in the Plantation shopping center rocked by an explosion have been declared unsafe, according to a report.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that ever building at the Market on University shopping center, which is next to the Fountains plaza, has been declared unsafe. The outlet said it is not clear whether the buildings will ever reopen following repairs or if they must be demolished.

More than 20 people were injured in the July 6 explosion, which hurled large pieces of concrete up to 50 yards away and sent pieces of metal scattering as far as 100 yards across the street as it destroyed a vacant pizza restaurant and left other businesses damaged. The restaurant, called PizzaFire, had been out of business for several months.

Numerous people who said they are victims of the explosion at the Plantation shopping plaza plan to file a lawsuit, their attorney said Tuesday.

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