I was down the street getting a haircut on Marlboro Pike when this explosion occured. The police blocked off entry into the Pen Mar shopping center in Forestville, MD while cars were allowed out. There were police cars, fire trucks and paramedic vehicles all over the place. It was raining all day. I did not find out what was really going on until I got home.
This shopping center is walking distance from my mother. It is the neighborhood where I grew up. I used to be on the board of trustees for the Pregnancy Center that got destroyed in the blast with the various stores. The center had just purchased new and expensive equipment. The Forestville Pregnancy Center was a heavily frequented facility sponsored as part of the pro-life work of many Catholic and Protestant churches. I am glad that no one was killed in the explosion but this disaster will certainly set back our efforts to save babies in the Forestville-Suitland-Seat Pleasant area.
The explosion was the result of a gas leak.