'Threw us like 10 feet': 2 hurt after dryer explodes at apartment complex

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2 people suffered only minor injuries when a dryer exploded in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 2 people suffered only minor injuries when a dryer exploded in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Somebody turned on a dryer and that caused an explosion and a fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Somebody turned on a dryer and that caused an explosion and a fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Firefighters are surprised there weren't more serious injuries. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Firefighters are surprised there weren't more serious injuries. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A dryer exploded at a Phoenix apartment complex and left a man and a woman with only minor injuries, firefighters said.

It happened on Campbell Avenue, which is south of Camelback Road, near 23rd Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, there was a gas leak behind the gas-heated dryers.

"We just put our clothes in the dryer and started walking out the door and it exploded," Rick Rodriguez said. "Knocked us both to the ground, threw us like 10 feet."

He said he didn't smell any gas.

Rodriguez and the woman were treated by paramedics but didn't need to go to the hospital. They only suffered minor cuts from being thrown to the pavement from the blast, fire crews said.

Fire crews were able to quickly put out the fire and contain the gas leak, firefighters said.

An investigation is underway.

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