Explosion Horror in Youngstown: Urgent Police Warning to Avoid Area Due to Casualties

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – One person has tragically died and seven others were injured, with one in critical condition, following a devastating explosion in downtown Youngstown on Tuesday. Authorities are currently urging people to steer clear of the impacted area near Central Square.

The explosion shook a building that houses a Chase bank as well as apartment units, leaving behind a cloud of smoke and confusion as to what exactly caused the tragic incident. Initially thought to be a natural gas explosion by Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Finley, investigations are now underway to determine if a gas leak was the culprit.

As emergency crews work tirelessly at the scene of the explosion, Mercy Health has confirmed that they are treating the injured individuals, with one person in critical condition. The unfortunate body of an employee from the bank was discovered early Wednesday morning, prompting a search for his vehicle in the aftermath of the explosion.

With the building evacuated and surrounding streets closed off due to fears of a potential structural collapse, the community remains on high alert as authorities work diligently to ensure everyone’s safety. A spokesperson for Chase bank has assured that they are closely monitoring the situation and will assist in determining the cause of the explosion once safety assessments are completed.

Despite no signs of suspicious activity, officials continue to investigate the cause of the explosion as the community mourns the loss of life and supports those who were injured in the tragic incident. The search for answers continues as Youngstown comes to terms with the aftermath of the devastating explosion.