There was an explosion at the Victory Auto Parts in Fitchburg here is a quick summary and a gallery of photos

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At approx 5;20 PM an explosion took place at Victory Auto Parts in Fitchburg. Two gentlemen were inside the building at the counter of the business that was open at the time amazingly suffered no serious injuries. The blast broke open the building causing bricks to crumble off of it. Within minutes the fire department was on the scene, the two men were questioned inside an ambulance on the scene but the only visible injury was a small cut to the forehead of one of the men.

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The blast broke windows blocks away including at a gas station down the road. Witnesses at the local donut shop, tattoo parlor, Gas station and Pizzeria all said their buildings. People as far as winter street said they felt a building shake and one gentlemen in his garage two streets over thought someone had crashed into his place as did a business owner two full blocks away.

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Aldrich Auto Body across the street took damage as did the prime gas station a block & a half away. The clerk at a local Sunoco gas station said cigarettes fell off his wall and glass panes cracked in houses up and down the street.

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There are conflicting reports on if there was gas in the building but nobody saw any fire. Mayor Lisa Wong was on the scene being briefed and both local and state police joined fire and Unitil workers examining the area.

The lack of injuries was rather remarkable.

Mike’s Pizza report

My initial arrival

Interview with a person from Winter Street

Firemen at the scene

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The Patrons of the Donut shop nearby

Update 2: More videos

Attendant from Prime gas

Fitchburg Tattoo parlor

I’d hate to have the needle on me when that explosion took place bzzzzzz OOPS

And the clerk at the Sunoco

More information the next morning.