A house explosion in a Dallas suburb injured at least six people, authorities said Monday.
Plano Fire-Rescue responded to the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive following the blast around 4:45 p.m., a department spokeswoman told Fox News. Three adults and three children were taken to hospitals but the extent of their injuries was not disclosed, Fox-owned station KDFW-TV reported.
The force of the explosion essentially flattened the home and caused significant damage to nearby homes.
Neighbors say it happened during a storm. They saw a flash and heard a loud-shaking boom.
The impact of the explosion felt by people living a mile away. Many walking to the scene were in disbelief.
It’s unclear what caused the explosion. It happened as a thunderstorm moved through the neighborhood.
“I just happened to be looking out my window right as it happened and it was a big flash of bright light,” said Taylor Reddick, who lives nearby. “It had been lightning a lot already, and I just saw a huge black smoke go up and debris go flying in the air. It all happened very fast.”
Plano Fire says only one person was inside the home when it exploded. Most of the injured lived nearby.
Tony Clark says he saw children leaving the neighboring home to get into an ambulance on their own.
“Yeah, I didn’t see any wounds or anything on them. They walked just fine,” he said.
Investigators from the Plano Fire Department, Atmos, Oncor, and the Plano Police Bomb Squad all came out to the scene.
Power and gas were cut off to the block. The Plano Fire Department says it’s standard protocol.