Riverside Explosion: What Caused Violent Blast In California Home? [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on September 6, 2013 10:56 PM EDT

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A Riverside explosion blew a hope to ashes. A gas leak originating from the garage is suspected. (Photo: YouTube)

A terrifying Riverside explosion occurred just after 4 a.m. Friday morning. The blast occurred at a home in Riverside, which is just 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. According to Fire Captain Bruce Vanderhorst, the house was completely blown up when they arrived to the scene. Thankfully, no one was killed or injured.

According to local residents, the Riverside explosion was so strong that the shock could be heard and felt for miles. Some neighbors described it as an earthquake, others discribed it as a big rig that fell from the sky. "

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We heard an explosion, and we got out of our bed, and when I came into the front room, both windows on that side of the house, the far side of the house, nothing but fire and flames," said neighbor Wayne Keller on local KABC-TV. Keller's home was badly damaged by the explosion.

"We heard an explosion, and we got out of our bed, and when I came into the front room, both windows on that side of the house, the far side of the house, nothing but fire and flames,"

A total of eight fire engines arrived at the Riverside explosion in order to control the blaze. Local TV news stations showed a floor covered in ash on Cohise Drive, which was all that remained from what was once a home. In fact, the Riverside explosion was so strong that the two neighboring houses were damaged. One of the two homes was also on fire. According to Fire Captain Vanderhorst, the house had been undergoing renovation for about a month and was vacant. The blast was most likely caused by a gas leak.

According to Mercury News, neighbor Craig Erickson witnessed the blast and believes the origin of the gas leak that may have caused the Riverside explosion came from the garage.

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