Dobbin Explosion: Terrifying Blast Destroys Texas Home, Scatters Debris 300 Feet, Critically Injures Three [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 12, 2013 11:59 AM EDT

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A Dobbin explosion at a rural home on Tuesday scattered debris in a 300-foot radius. The blast was felt up to 20 miles away. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

A Dobbin explosion on Tuesday leveled a home in the rural community of Dobbin and sent three people, including an infant, to the hospital in critical conditions after a propane leak triggered the massive blast. AP reports that people felt the Dobbin explosion up to 20 miles away, and that debris from the blast was flung 300 feet from the home. A refrigerator was jettisoned into the air and crushed a car outside.

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"People were finding things from the house on top of the grocery store, in trees, and at least a half mile away," Corbin Mock, a relative of the three people injured in the Dobbin explosion, told AP. A nearby neighbor of the residence that exploded said all her windows in her home were blown out.

The blast in Dobbin, a small community of just a few hundred people about 60 miles north of Houston, occurred around 8:20 in the morning. According to United Press International, officials said that the three victims of the Dobbin explosion, 65-year-old Lena Mock Knight, 58-year-old Jennifer Mock, and Mock's grandson, 8-month-old Wyatt Smith, were taken to the hospital in critical condition and were treated for burns and other injuries.

According to initial reports, the Dobbin explosion occurred when one of the victims turned on the stove in the morning.

One young woman, who was apparently on the scene following the Dobbin explosion and encountered the injured infant, told reporters that the wounded baby was bleeding from his head. She said she and a few others took baby Smith to the side of the road and placed him on a piece of plywood. "We tried to get the diaper and the clothes cut off of him," she said. "Eventually paramedics started showing up ... we found a mask and started pumping air into [the infant]."

She added: "There were plenty of moments where I thought the baby was going to die right there in my hands."

The witness then said that the other victims critically injured in the Dobbin explosion looked like they had "no more skin left on their faces."

Below is footage, uploaded to YouTube by user Scott Engle, of the aftermath of the Dobbin explosion. In the video, you can clearly see the splintered remains of the wooden home leveled by the terrifying blast. Pieces of wood are strewn across the lawn and surrounding area; even the trees around the home are littered with fragments from the blast.

About 100 people gathered at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Montgomery, Texas, to pray for the three people critically injured in the Dobbin blast.

A sign from the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office, apparently posted near the location of the Dobbin explosion, warns those who approach the site to stay clear pending an ongoing investigation into the blast. "The investigation is authorized under Texas Law and no persons shall attempt to enter this scene, or remove or alter any evidence or property without the expressed consent of this office," the sign reads, as seen on the YouTube video of the explosion's aftermath.

"We are looking at those (gas) systems, whether there was a leak, whether there was an ignition or how that ignition occurred, where that leak occurred," Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams told KHOU. "Obviously, was it in the house, was it at the tank? There are a lot of factors that will all be part of our investigation in the days to come."

According to DB Techno, there have been almost 3,000 natural gas explosion in the U.S. since 1990. In many cases, old gas pipes are to blame for the explosions.

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