Explosion rips through Kansas City, Mo., shopping district [photos]

Several have been reported injured following what appears to be a gas explosion and fire in a Kansas City, Mo., shopping district. The explosion is believed to have centered around JJ’s Restaurant, which was completely engulfed in flames.

There’s no word of fatalities yet, but several are reported to be critically injured.

Kansas City’s mayor is asking constituents to pray.

  • Emma Jay

    An hour after the fire started, it’s mostly under control. The KCFD has been amazing in getting it under control. Hoping for a miracle, but it was happy hour and a really popular place.

  • peteee363

    this sounds bad, hope everybody is okay.

  • $23629333

    Why do all the tweets give “20 Feb 13” as the date?

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Set to GMT, I assume. 5 hours later than the East coast there, so it’s already the early morning of the 20th.

  • KansasGirl

    The coverage in KC is non-stop.
    It’s pretty bad.
    Saying my prayers.

  • http://twitter.com/lazypadawan lazypadawan

    The Plaza is one the most popular spots in Kansas City. This is terrible.

  • therantinggeek

    My wife and I frequently visited the Plaza when we used to live in the area. Heard about this on one of the local Baltimore news channels this morning. Still in shock over the whole incident.