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East 177th House Explosion

At least three homes are destroyed after a massive explosion.

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    Police blocked off the area where a house blew up just before 8:00 AM near East 177th and Federal.
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    We believe this was the house that exploded. Photo courtesy GoogleMaps.
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    The home, which was vacant, was leveled by the blast. It was immediately to the right of this one, which was also destroyed.
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    This is a GoogleMaps photo of the house you just saw, before it got new blue siding.
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    More than a dozen other homes suffered some kind of damage.
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    Again, a GoogleMaps look at the house you just saw.
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    Fire crews continues to pour water onto the scene for hours.
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    After the blast, thick smoke could be seen for miles. This was taken by a listener along I-480.
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    Numerous homes were evacuated in the surrounding area.
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    People gathered at nearby the Emile B. Desauze Elementary, which was closed for the day.
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    Windows were blown our at Emile B. Desauze Elementary.
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    It took some people awhile to locate loved ones who lived near the blast site.
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    Several people were injured, but none appears to be life threatening.
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    Dozens of more homes suffered some kind of damage from the blast that was felt for miles.
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    Many of the homes had windows that were blown out.
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    Many of the homes had windows that were blown out.
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    Fire crews continue to investigate, but natural gas is the most likely cause.
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    Debris was blown all over the surrounding area.
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    Debris was blown all over the surrounding area.
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    One of the nearby damaged homes in this blue-collar neighborhood.
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    One of the nearby damaged homes.
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    One of the nearby damaged homes.
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    A closer look at a neighboring home.
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    One of the nearby damaged homes.
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    Fire crews continued to douse the scene.