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The blast could reportedly be felt from as far away as the next county and it sent a huge cloud of smoke into the air.
Witnesses in the area said they were thrown to the ground by the force of the explosion. The owner of one local barber shop said he was hurled across the room.
A total of 16 people were injured in the blast, including a Springfield police officer and two firefighters. All of the wounded were taken to nearby Baystate Medical Center and are expected to survive.
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