Reports say that at least twelve people have been injured in an explosion that occurred in Kansas City, Missouri yesterday evening. The explosion took place at JJ’s restaurant, a popular restaurant at the upscale Country Club Plaza. As of now, it does not appear that anyone was killed in the explosion which took place at 6 p.m., but the police were using cadaver dogs to search through the debris of the restaurant. The restaurant itself is completely destroyed and gas could be smelled for hours after the blast occurred. Missouri Gas Energy had the gas to the area turned off by 8 p.m.
The University of Kansas Hospital, where six of the victims were treated, said that only one was in critical condition and two were in serious condition. As to what caused the blast, Missouri Gas Energy has stated that they believe one of the gas pipelines had suffered from some kind of damage and that it was not due to an issue with infrastructure. The public service commission chairman is currently investigating the accident and has stated that it appears to have started because a pipeline was hit during construction.
Gas explosions are rare, but they do occur. If you were injured in this type of incident, you could be left with serious injuries and long-term consequences. Whether you were injured in this incident or another similar accident, your first step should be to get in touch with a Springfield injury lawyer from our team at Henry, Williams & Kinder, P.C. We have over 55 years of experience in this area of law and understand how to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries. Our personal injury lawyers offer a free case evaluation, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team to learn how we could help you! Call today!