Explosion in Harrisonburg, Virginia, sparks fire, sends up huge plumes of smoke

An explosion in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Saturday morning sent huge plumes of smoke billowing into the air and led to three people being taken to hospitals.

Gov. Ralph Northam said in a tweet that he was monitoring the situation, which he referred to as a gas explosion.

“First responders and firefighters are on the scene, and we have deployed state emergency personnel for additional support. Please avoid the area,” he wrote.

One of the three who were transported to hospitals was a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, a city about 130 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., the university said on Facebook around midday Saturday. The student, who was part of a group participating in an off-campus community event, suffered minor injuries and was expected to be released soon.

The official Twitter account for Harrisonburg, said a business was on fire and “a cause has not been determined.”

“The incident is contained to this building and there is no cause for concern related to additional structures or incidents,” the tweet read. Three people were transported from the scene in unknown conditions.

A video posted on Twitter showed smoke billowing from a building. The person who uploaded the video said the explosion was “heard and felt miles away.”

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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