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Explosion in Seattle; building evacuated

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April 19, 2023

A man suffered series injuries after handling fireworks in a downtown Seattle apartment Wednesday afternoon, police said. The Seattle Fire Department (SFD) evacuated the building on 1st Avenue North after receiving reports of an explosion.

Seattle Police and hazmat teams also responded to the incident.

“Police investigating an explosion in the 100 block of 1 AV N. One victim located with non-life-threatening injury. Please stay out of the area. Expect traffic delays. More information when available.”

Seattle Fire Department tweeted, “100 block of 1st Ave N: additional 911 calls within the building report hearing an explosion within a basement unit. We are evacuating the building as a safety precaution. HazMat crews are also responding.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions (ATF) and the Seattle Police Department are investigating the incident, according to The Seattle Times.

Last week, nearly 20,000 cattle were killed in an explosion that rocked a Texas dairy farm. One person was also critically injured in the blast, police said.

The explosion took place at South Fork Dairy in Dimmitt, Texas on Monday night, sending a massive cloud of black smoke into the air and sparking a fire.

The Castro County Sheriff’s Office posted an update of the incident on Facebook.

“The Castro County Sheriff”s Office, the Dimmitt, Hart and Nazareth Fire Departments respond to an explosion and fire at the Southfork Dairy Farms located on the 1600 blk of CR 624 which is approximately 11 miles southeast of Dimmitt,” the post stated. “Upon arrival it was determined that one person was trapped inside and fire crews were able to locate the person and remove them from the building. The person was flown to the UMC Hospital in Lubbock. All employees were accounted for.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.