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5 Deaths Confirmed in Maryland Apartment Explosion, 8 Still Missing


Recovery teams have found another body at the site of an apartment explosion in Silver Spring, Maryland, bringing the death toll of the incident to five, CBS News reports. Eight people are still missing.

Authorities Continue Investigation of Fatal Explosion

Montgomery officials are working with federal agents from the U.S. bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to determine the cause of the fatal apartment explosion that occurred last Wednesday.

New reports indicate that at least 30 people were injured in the explosion at the four-story apartment complex.

The recovered bodies have not been identified. Among those listed previously listed as missing are two boys, ages three and eight.

Residents Report Smelling Gas

According to investigators, several residents have reported that they smelled gas prior to the violent explosion.

In total, roughly 160 firefighters responded to the blaze, It took roughly two hours to get the flames under control.

Washington Gas, the provider for the complex, is cooperating with investigators.

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