An explosion and fire at a strip mall in Harrisonburg, Va. injured five people including students from James Madison University. Two people were airlifted to UVA Medical Center,  another was transported by ambulance to Sentara RMH Medical Center and two people were treated at the scene.


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Area residents a half-mile from the mall reported hearing a loud boom and feeling the ground shake. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blast which occurred around 8:30 a.m. on October 17 completely destroying the mall that included a vape shop, a recording studio and a musical instrument store.

About 30 students from James Madison University’s R.O.T.C program were participating in a U.S. Army race that morning. The starting and finish lines were about 30 yards away from the building.

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