Authorities to update investigation into Silver Spring explosion that killed 7

Posted at 7:48 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 07:48:57-04

Federal and local authorities are expected to provide an update into their investigation of an explosion and fire at a Maryland apartment building last week that killed seven people.

Officials from the Montgomery County police and fire departments, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to speak at a news conference Friday at a Silver Spring community center near the site of the Aug. 10 explosion at the Flower Branch Apartments.

See also: How to help families displaced by fire, explosion in Silver Spring

Searchers have recovered seven bodies from the rubble left behind by the explosion, which shook homes more than a mile away.

On Wednesday, the NTSB, which has regulatory authority over gas lines, said it was formally launching an investigation. Some residents reported smelling gas before the blast.

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