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Explosion in Grandview rocks nearby neighborhood, businesses

Grandview explosion could be heard for miles

Grandview Fire and Belton Fire Departments responded Tuesday night to an explosion near 140th Street and 1-49 in Grandview. No injuries were reported at the scene. Behind the row of trees the fire is still burning where a building had exploded acc
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Grandview Fire and Belton Fire Departments responded Tuesday night to an explosion near 140th Street and 1-49 in Grandview. No injuries were reported at the scene. Behind the row of trees the fire is still burning where a building had exploded acc

An explosion Tuesday in Grandview rocked a nearby neighborhood and the ripples could be felt as far away as Stilwell, Kan.

The explosion and fire originated about 7:10 p.m. at JW Lawn Service near 140th Street and West Outer Road.

Grandview officials said that a massive explosion was followed by series of smaller explosions.

The initial blast busted the windows out of 19 nearby apartments and seven houses.

Firefighters, officials said, chose to go into defense mode after reports of ammunition in the business.

Natural gas has been ruled out as a cause of the explosion and the ATF was called to the scene to investigate.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Firefighters on the scene say they saw and heard at least a dozen other explosions, along with the constant pops of ammunition going off.

The explosion was reportedly felt in Belton, Lee’s Summit and Stilwell, Kan.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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