Massive Indiana House Explosion Destroys 39 Nearby Homes In Fiery Blast

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3 Dead, 39 Homes Damaged After Massive House Explosion In Indiana; Video Captured Moment of Blast -Breaking 911

A major house explosion caused damage to 39 homes in the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The explosion killed two people, damaged dozens of homes

The incident sent residents fleeing, some in their pajamas, in the Indianapolis neighborhood. Police say debris is strewn over a 100-foot (30-meter) radius, and units arrived on scene within five minutes.

CenterPoint Energy, the local gas utility, said it worked with first responders to secure the area.

A man was convicted of tampering with a natural gas line at his then-girlfriend’s home, leading to an explosion that killed two people.

Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard were arrested and charged with murder, a prosecutor said Friday. Authorities launched a homicide investigation into the blast on Nov. 19, and are offering a $10,000 reward for information.

Jacki Baumgart, a nearby office manager that worked 2 blocks away, said she and other employees in her building panicked when they heard the blast. “We thought the building was going to come down.”

The Evansville school district wrote on Twitter that all students and staff are safe and that the cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

This isn’t the first explosive incident. A house explosion on June 27, 2017, killed two people and injured three others in the Indianapolis area. A massive blast in 2012 destroyed or damaged more than 80 homes on Indianapolis’ south side and killed two people.

For more information on this story, please consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.

  1. 3 Dead, 39 Homes Damaged After Massive House Explosion In Indiana; Video Captured Moment of Blast  Breaking 911

  2. Evansville house explosion kills 3 people  WDRB

  3. Indiana House Explosion Update: 3 charged with murder  CBS News

  4.  Evansville, Indiana EXPLOSION news – ‘3 dead & 39 houses damaged’ after horror blast caught on camera on North Weinbach  The U.S. Sun
  5. Three people dead after house explosion in Evansville  WRTV

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