Explosion reported at Rock Island business

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UPDATE: Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty said the cause of the explosion at Vintage Rose in Rock Island today was caused by a propane explosion. Equipment that was being used for jewelry repair ignited the explosion, he added.

Three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The extent and monetary value of damage is not known at this time. Contractors were on the scene Monday to help shore up two unstable walls. Vintage Rose and the comic book store Tim's Corner, will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time.


ROCK ISLAND -- Emergency crews were at the corner of 14th Avenue and 30th Street after an explosion was reported at antique store Vintage Rose.

Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty said the explosion happened around noon inside the building, and it caused substantial damage.  From the street you can see a broken window and bricks scattered along the ground.

Vintage Rose, which has been in business for 7.5 years, is connected to another business called Tim's Corner.  It was not clear whether Tim's Corner was affected by the explosion.

Marty said there were a few people inside at the time that sustained minor injuries. They were treated by an ambulance and released.

An investigation is underway to find out what caused the explosion.

Rock Island police and fire departments were on scene.

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