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Two People Dead After Massive Explosion Flattens Home In Mississauga

One resident said he was leaving his house when the blast pushed him back inside.

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A massive explosion completely destroyed a home in Mississauga, Ontario, on Tuesday, leaving two people dead and others injured.

Peel Regional Police say the explosion happened in a residential neighbourhood less than an hour from Toronto.The cause of the blast is not yet known.
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Peel Regional Police say the explosion happened in a residential neighbourhood less than an hour from Toronto.

The cause of the blast is not yet known.

Officials said there were multiple injuries and in all, 25 homes were affected. One person was killed, CBC reported in the hours following the blast, and officials added nine other people had minor injuries.

Multiple injuries from explosion. Extent of injuries u/k at this time. Avoid area. Update to follow. 2/2

On Thursday, police said they found a second victim, bringing the death toll from the explosion to two.

Police confirm the body of a man has been located in #MississaugaExplosion. This is the second victim to be found

Police set up a perimeter around the site of the blast and evacuated nearby homes.

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An overhead view showed the spread of debris from the home onto neighboring properties.

Video: Overhead view of Hickory Dr explosion in #Mississauga. @IAFF1212 @MississaugaFES

People on the scene shared photos on social media showing debris from the explosion scattered all along the street.

"Hickory [Drive] is looking like a war zone," this person tweeted.

Hickory is looking like a war zone

Many people said they felt the force of the explosion.

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One resident said he was leaving his house when the blast pushed him back inside.

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"I was coming home from school and heard an explosion and saw parts of the house flying through the air."

I was coming home from school and heard an explosion and saw parts of the house flying through the air.Hope everyone is okay.😞 #Mississauga

A large plume of smoke could be seen from many blocks away.

Big explosion in Mississauga. I was just an intersection away.

As of Thursday, the perimeter around the blast site had been reduced, and 23 addresses on Hickory Drive have been cleared for people to return home. The City of Mississauga says 46 addresses are still in the "investigation zone" and off-limits to residents.

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