‘Multiple people dead after explosion and fires across Nebraska town’

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An explosion and fires reportedly killed multiple people in the town of Laurel, Nebraska (Picture: Google)

Multiple people are reportedly dead after an explosion was heard and fires were found at two houses in a small Nebraska town.

An explosion sounded off around 3am on Thursday near 3rd and Elm streets in Laurel, several witnesses told News Channel Nebraska.

Fire was a factor in two homes in Laurel where an unknown number of people were discovered dead, according to authorities.

‘Fire has been involved at both houses, and that’s all I know,’ said Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas.

The state patrol is investigating whether the two fires are linked, Thomas told KETV.

Officials wearing hazmat suits were seen walking toward the site of the apparent explosion on Thursday morning, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

A city official told KCAU that the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office advised that they go into lockdown.

Laurel is about 100 northwest of Omaha and has less than 1,000 residents.

The state patrol was set to hold a press conference at 3.30pm local time.

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