Indy neighborhood devastated by explosion, 1 dead

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 11 at 8:32 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities brought in searchlights and went house to house overnight, looking for any other possible victims after a deafening explosion killed one person, leveled two homes and set two others ablaze in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

The explosion forced about 200 people from the devastated neighborhood and two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities said one body was recovered after the flames were extinguished from the blast that shattered windows, crumpled walls and did other damage to dozens of other homes.

Lieut. Bonnie Hensley, with the Indianapolis Fire Department, says the neighborhood "looks like a war zone."

The blast was heard for miles all around.

The cause of the explosion remains unknown. Investigators are expected to better assess the rubble after daybreak for clues to what happened. Meanwhile, all power, gas and other utilities were shut off.

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045-a-13-(Pam Brainerd (BRAY'-nuhrd), neighbor, in AP interview)-"thought this was"-Indianapolis resident Pam Brainerd says after the explosion she grabbed her two dogs and evacuated the area. (11 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *045 (11/11/12)>> 00:13 "thought this was"

041-c-09-(Jeni O'Malley, AP correspondent)-"across the neighborhood"-AP correspondent Jeni O'Malley reports the explosion was seen and felt over a wide area. (11 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *041 (11/11/12)>> 00:09 "across the neighborhood"

043-a-13-(Pam Brainerd (BRAY'-nuhrd), neighbor, in AP interview)-"off the frame"-Indianapolis resident Pam Brainerd lives in the neighborhood where the explosion occurred. (11 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *043 (11/11/12)>> 00:13 "off the frame"

044-a-12-(Pam Brainerd (BRAY'-nuhrd), neighbor, in AP interview)-"it from spreading"-Pam Brainerd, who lives in the neighborhood where the explosion occurred, says it looked like a war zone in the area. (11 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *044 (11/11/12)>> 00:12 "it from spreading"

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