Blast Occurs Seconds After St. Louis Building Evacuated

The meters showed a high level of gas, prompting the fast evacuation.


It was a close call for residents and firefighters in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon.

With gas meters reading extremely high levels after a construction crew hit a line, firefighters immediately evacuated 11 people.

Within seconds after they left, an explosion occurred blowing windows and other debris across the street, the St. Louis Fire Department said in a statement. 

The two-alarm fire burned for a while before the gas could be shut off.

Chief Dennis Jenkerson said AT&T contractors were working in the building that housed the Stars Design Group.