[UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. All four are believed to be employees of the Baywood Apartment Homes.

Firefighters arrived to discover the smell of gasoline and a fire that seemed to originate in the area of an outdoor water heater shed. Smoke and flames poured out out of two apartments on the first level. About 50 people were evacuated.
UPDATE, OCT. 12, 11:21 A.M.: Newport Beach fire officials confirm four people were rushed to a hospital, two with critical injuries, as a result of this morning's Baywood Drive explosion.

KABC/Channel 7 is reporting it as a gas explosion, although fire officials have not yet confirmed that.

ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 12, 11 A.M.: Here are two headlines you don't liket to see stacked atop of one another:

"Explosion Reported in Newport Beach"

"Panel: Japan-Level Nuke Crisis Possible Here"

Ladies and germs, the Orange County Register home page:

[UPDATED with Conditions of Injured:] Mysterious Explosion Rocks Newport Beach

The referenced explosion was reported at 9:58 a.m. today at a Baywood Drive apartment complex. Five fire department vehicles and three ambulances are reportedly on scene, but any injuries and the cause of the blast have not yet been released.

The San Clemente City Council, addressing residents' concerns about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last night, heard from experts on Japan's ongoing disaster. Among those who addressed the council was Dr. Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, who reportedly said via a live video feed that "it was gross malfeasance" to build two nuclear reactors next to an earthquake fault.

On the bright side, neither an explosion nor the threat of one are blamed for Sharon Osbourne's breast mishap.


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