Blast shakes Indianapolis neighborhood, killing 2
BY AP Wire Service
Monday, November 12, 2012
11/12/12 at 5:51 AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Splintered beams and boards on a piece of charred earth were all that remained Sunday where three Indianapolis homes were leveled in a blast that killed two people and rendered homes for blocks uninhabitable.
It wasn't yet clear what caused the blast that shook the neighborhood at 11 p.m. Saturday. Residents described hearing a loud boom that blew out windows and collapsed ceilings. Some thought a plane had crashed.
Officials did not identify the two people who were killed.
Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said as many as 31 homes were damaged so badly that they may have to be demolished. The explosion damaged 80 homes, and he estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
Some residents were allowed to go home to retrieve a few belongings Sunday under police escort. Others whose homes weren't as badly damaged were allowed to go home, but officials said they would have to do without electricity overnight.
Original Print Headline: Deadly blast devastates Indianapolis neighborhood