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PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at a northeastern Pennsylvania propane gas business has left at least one person hospitalized in critical condition.

Officials with Luzerne County emergency management say the explosion at Modern Gas Sales in Pittston Township was reported around 10:25 a.m. Friday.

The total number of injuries was not immediately available, though a spokeswoman for a nearby hospital system says their facilities are treating one person in critical condition and another who is expected to be released.

It's unclear what caused the blast. Photos from the scene show gray smoke rising from the facility.

A website for the Luzerne County business, about 8 miles northeast of Wilkes-Barre, says it has five locations in northeastern Pennsylvania.

A voicemail message seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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