An explosion at the Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) building in downtown Baltimore injured several people this morning. Eyewitnesses reported hearing an explosion at about 8:30 AM at the building on West Fayette Street. The force of the explosion blew out some of the windows and scaffolding was seen falling to the ground. The Baltimore Fire Department says that a total of 23 people were rescued from the building. Firefighters broke a window on the 10th and 11th floor to rescue a window washing crew that was left clinging to scaffolding. Twenty-one people were transported to the hospital. Nine people were in critical condition and one person was in serious condition. BGE released a statement that the explosion, which took place on the 16th floor, was likely caused by construction work on the building’s air handling and boiler system.

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