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Multiple casualties after house explosion in Pennsylvania: Authorities

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Image source: KPVI-TV video screenshot

At least four people are dead after a home in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, exploded around 8 p.m. local time on Thursday, ABC News has reported.

Two others, officials added, may still be missing.

What are the details?

Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller said two people were hospitalized after the incident. Their condition was not known at the time of publication.

It is not known at the time of this reporting what caused the deadly explosion.

One witness said that he first believed the explosion was nothing more than thunder.

"I really thought it was really loud thunder just nearby, but it shook the area," area resident Christian Gonzalez told WPVI-TV. Another neighbor added, "We went running down the street and a house was completely destroyed."

Children, one resident said, may have been inside the home at the time of the devastating explosion.

Resident Eunice Rome said that her grandson knew some of the children who lived in the house.

"I was crying earlier because I was sad that they died," the child told the station. "It's crazy because nothing really happens in Pottstown."

Police have yet to announce the victims' identities.

WPVI's Katherine Scott tweeted a photo of the wreckage on Friday morning. He captioned it, "4 people have died, 2 people injured, and 2 unaccounted for after a house explosion last night in Pottstown. Crews have been on the scene since last night."

Pottstown School District Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez said that all classes in the district were canceled on Friday.

Rodriguez wrote in a letter to families, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families. When schools open again, our counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support."

"When schools open again, our counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support," the letter added.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the state fire marshal's office are working to investigate the explosion.

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