A large explosion in Baltimore, Maryland, has destroyed homes, killed one person, and left others trapped.

The Baltimore Firefighters union tweeted the report of a “major explosion with multiple people trapped”, including children, just after 10am local time.

Three people in critical condition have been rescued by firefighters, and search units are continuing to look for other patients. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Rescuers are communicating with one person trapped under the rubble.

The cause of the blast is so far unknown.

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