A massive gas explosion likely caused by a gas lake wrecks Maryland shopping center, office building

An office and shopping center were partly destroyed in a blast seemingly caused by a gas leak in Columbia, Maryland, early Sunday morning, according to officials.

The explosion occurred at about 8 a.m. ET, just 30 minutes after first responders received a call about a possible gas leak, according to Howard County Fire and Emergency Services.

The explosion seemed to occur at a building that houses a Social Security office and a dental practice, according to NBC Washington. The business are located in the middle of a popular shopping area.

The blast also triggered a power outage in the area, with several nearby businesses losing electricity.

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