South Seattle explosion leads to drug investigation

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An explosion at a South Seattle building is now a police investigation after a “sizable amount of narcotics” were found inside, a department spokesman said.

The explosion happened about 1 p.m. in the 2800 block of South McClellan Street. Firefighters arrived evacuated the flower shop in the front of the building.

“The explosion occurred inside a vacant apartment unit located in the back of the building,” fire department spokesman Kyle Moore said in a statement. “The force of the blast blew out windows, sliding glass doors and cabinets. The explosion also moved the building off of its foundation.”

Puget Sound Energy shut off gas to the building and Seattle City Light shut off power. A Department of  Planning and Development structural engineer was assessing the building’s structural integrity, and the Arson/Bomb Squad detectives were at the scene.

No injuries were reported.

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