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Officials searching for answers after suburban home explosion

A quiet suburban neighborhood just outside of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area was rocked by an earth-shattering explosion this past weekend that seriously injured two people, and left multiple houses either damaged or destroyed.

According to official reports, at around 6:45 p.m. this past Saturday, a single-family home located on a residential street in Moon Township suddenly exploded in what witnesses described as a "huge ball of fire" that sounded like "a massive sonic boom."

The sheer force of the explosion completely leveled the house where it originated, and damaged at least 14 other homes in the immediate vicinity, breaking windows and sending debris flying into walls and roofs.

"Unless we go to war or war is here, I'll never see another explosion like that," said one witness to the blast.

Reports indicate that the two people injured in the explosion were the homeowner where the blast occurred and a next-door neighbor. The homeowner was found buried underneath rubble in the front yard of the home and taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy by emergency responders. He is currently listed in serious condition with second-degree burns on 12 percent of his body and a fractured rib.

As for the next-door neighbor, he was found by fellow neighbors nearly buried in debris in the room where he was sitting when the explosion occurred. He was also taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment for bumps and bruises, and is listed in fair condition.

While authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion, officials from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania have already indicated that there were no gas leaks or other safety problems that would have caused the incident to occur.

It is worth noting that during the course of their neighborhood evacuation, police detected the smell of marijuana in a home located near the explosion site. A search warrant was secured and a subsequent search of the home uncovered a substantial marijuana growing operation. Thus far, officials have not made any connection between this criminal activity and the explosion.

Stay tuned for updates ...

If you've been injured by the negligence of a property owner here in Pennsylvania, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you secure the justice you deserve.

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Moon street staggered by house explosion," Robert Zullo, October 13, 2013

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