5 Dead After Pa. House Explosion

A person view the aftermath of a deadly explosion in a residential neighborhood in Pottstown, Pa., Friday, May 27, 2022. A house exploded northwest of Philadelphia, killing several people and leaving others injured, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A person view the aftermath of a deadly explosion in a residential neighborhood in Pottstown, Pa., Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fire crews responded to reports of a home explosion in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday night. The explosion, which occured after 8 p.m. on Hale Street near Butler Avenue. The blast killed five and injured two others.

Authorities said the injured individuals are in critical but stable condition. Witnesses in the area describe hearing an extremely loud sound, which shook the neighborhood.

“I was crying earlier because I was sad that they died,” said neighbor Shane Rome Lawrence. “It’s crazy because nothing really happens in Pottstown.”

Neighbors said they frequently smelled gas in the area. Officials observed a propane tank on the scene that was not destroyed. They are working to find out what it was being used for. Schools in the area have been closed as emergency personnel investigates.

“Right now we are unable to provide additional information on the victims, said Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller. “The family notification process is ongoing.” 

The Red Cross has offered help at Pottstown High School to residents who are affected by the explosion.

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