A Baltimore explosion left at least 10 people with injuries according to officials. The blast occurred on Wednesday morning at the Baltimore Gas and Electric offices in downtown Baltimore. Crews responded to the scene at approximately 8:30 a.m. and had to rescue 21 people from the building. According to initial reports, at least nine of the injured were taken to local hospitals in critical condition.
What Happened During the BGE Building Explosion?
According to Baltimore’s firefighters union, the explosion seemed to have happened on floor 16 of BGE’s offices in 2 Center Plaza. At the time of the incident, the union reported that firefighters were responding to the scene and that they were aware of two workers trapped on dangling scaffolding. The union confirmed that at least two people were on the ground receiving treatment for burn injuries. Baltimore Fire also confirmed that a portion of the BGE roof had collapsed.
Witnesses told reporters that they heard and felt the explosion. Some saw scaffolding fall from the building at the 100 block of West Fayette Street. The workers trapped on the scaffolding were cleaning the building’s windows before they found themselves stranded hundreds of feet above the ground due to the force of the blast. It took approximately 30 minutes for rescuers to reach them.
According to BGE, the building was mostly empty because of the holidays. The company also revealed that construction work was being performed in the building at the time of the explosion. It said that the building’s air handler and boiler system was being worked on by crews. According to Niles Ford of the Baltimore Fire Department, the incident affected areas between the tenth floor of the building and its roof.
Currently, city agencies are urging Baltimore residents to avoid the area as crews work to stabilize the building and investigate what happened. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also at the scene to assist with investigative efforts.
Arnold & Itkin’s explosion lawyers will continue to follow this story as officials release more details about it.