A powerful natural gas explosion has been reported in Portland, Oregon. Three firefighters, two police officers and three civilians were hurt in the explosion. Officials say none of the injuries appear to be life threatening. A Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson says two of the firefighters suffered broken legs. The blast was reported at around 9:39 Wednesday morning. NW Natural Gas employees and firefighters responded to a natural gas leak just before 9 in or near the 500 block of Northwest 23rd Avenue. KGW-TV reported that a third-party contractor hit the gas line just before 9. CBS news reports a building with a bagel shop and a beauty salon was destroyed and the building next door was damaged.
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