From Howard County Fire Department: At approximately 8:00 a.m., gas Explosion in the business area of 8800 block of Stanford Blvd., Columbia. PIO en route. PIO will update via social media.

Here are photos I got when I went to that location this morning:

There was still a fire burning on the backside of the building and a STONG odor of gas in the air.

Be sure to follow: Howard Co Fire & EMS and Howard County Police for updates and information:

Scott E