A community in suburban Atlanta was rocked on Sunday when an explosion occurred at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments in Dunwoody, Georgia, leaving four injured and in need of assistance from area first responders, according to Fox News.
Dunwoody Police reported that calls about the incident began coming into the department at around 1:24 p.m., with officers responding to the scene just off of Asbury Square, together with firefighters from Sandy Springs and DeKalb County.
Fox affiliate WAGA subsequently reported that the explosive incident was believed to have been caused by a gas leak or gas line defect, and in the end, between 40 and 50 of the units onsite sustained serious damage.
Jaeson Daniels of the DeKalb County Fire Rescue noted that four individuals were transported to the hospital suffering minor injuries, and though two others remained unaccounted for in the immediate aftermath of the event, they were successfully located by evening.
Eyewitness Eboni Thornton revealed that she had been inside a moving truck near the affected building when she felt what seemed to be some sort of impact on the vehicle’s roof.
“The leasing office was collapsed on the left side, the double doors were blown out and I could hear a lady screaming her head off,” Thornton explained, detailing the devastation later depicted in a tweet from social media user Eric Perry.
Wow! Take a look at the damage from an apartment explosion in Dunwoody. This is near Perimeter Mall. Huge scene as first responders work to figure out what happened @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/NcDXFHrxrn
— Eric Perry (@Ericperrytv) September 12, 2021
Representatives from the Red Cross were soon on the scene to offer assistance to residents likely to have been displaced by the blast, and Atlanta Gas and Light crews arrived swiftly to help emergency responders and cut the natural gas supply to zones impacted by the explosion, as Fox News added.
Though the physical and financial disruption to those residing in the area is certain to continue for quite some time, it is indeed a blessing that no lives were lost and the injuries that were sustained were relatively minor in nature.