Downtown Springfield gas explosion

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Updated: Friday, 23 Nov 2012, 7:20 PM EST
Published : Friday, 23 Nov 2012, 7:20 PM EST

Anthony Fay
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A massive natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield could be felt from as far away as Hampshire and Worcester County early Friday evening.

As you can see in the video shot from our Springfield Skycam, the explosion sent a huge cloud of smoke into the air.

Witnesses in the area told 22News that they were thrown to the ground, and the owner of a nearby barber shop said that he was thrown across the room.

A total of 16 people have been brought to Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, including a Springfield police officer and two firefighters. All of those injured are expected to survive.