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House explodes in southwest Oklahoma City

No casualties; one person was treated at the scene. The house was destroyed and surrounding houses had significant damage.
BY MATT DINGER Modified: January 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

“I went outside to see what was going on. I saw some debris up in the air. I looked down at the east side of the block. I could see that a house was demolished. The roof had apparently blown up in the air and came back down upside down,” Mitchell said.

“People were being curious and coming outdoors to see what happened because it was really quite a concussion. I have a friend who lives about half a mile away and they said it shook the north end of their house also,” he said.

The house was destroyed by the blast, Woodard said, and the surrounding houses also suffered significant damage. A total of seven homes were evacuated.

The blast punched a hole in the wall of the house just north, and windows were shattered in the house across the street, but Mitchell said the only damage to his home were blades of a ceiling fan which fell off during the blast.

A damage estimate was not available Thursday night.