Huntington residents react to explosion

The explosion that destroyed a home and left one man injured shook up the neighborhood.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 10:27 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 8:43 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- The explosion that destroyed a home and sent one man to the hospital Thursday morning shook things up for Huntington residents.

Neighbors say it was just before 6:00 a.m. when they heard the boom.

"I was rocking my granddaughter back to sleep. It was like five something, and we were rocking, and all of a sudden I thought somebody hit the front of my house with a car or something," said John Oliver.

Oliver lives right behind the house.

"It scared the daylights out of me, and I just grabbed the baby and I told her mother, 'Take the baby. I'm going to go check,' and I came out and looked, and the house was on fire behind us and I said, 'That house had to of just blown up,'" he said.

Oliver was among several neighbors that said they called 911 and took cover after the explosion. He said his neighbor lived in the house alone, and works as a plumber.

"He's not just a plumber, but he's a heating and cooling outfit," he said.

Other neighbors said when they looked out the window, "Fire was falling from the sky." One man, who declined interview, said he thought we had been bombed. Another said he thought it was thunder.

"Every window was orange with flame, I mean it was a fireball, so I got up and called 911, not knowing actually what I heard," said Kyle Metzger, who lives around the corner from the explosion.

Metzger said sirens blared minutes later, and crews were on the scene for a few hours after to make sure the fire didn't reignite.

"It was over as fast as it started. Like I said, the firefighters got it out super fast. I was really impressed with that," he said.

The house right next door to the explosion sustained minor damage from debris.

The fire is still under investigation. We'll have updates for you as they become available.

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