Colorado Gas Explosion Injures 2, Destroys Several Homes

 @TreyeGreen t.green@ibtimes.com on June 13 2013 7:07 PM

Updated: 7:58 p.m.

A massive gas explosion rocked a Colorado neighborhood Tuesday. 

The blast tore through one home in the state's capital of Westminster around 11:30 a.m., completely destroying it, reports KMGH-TV. Another 7-8 homes in the neighborhood suffered damage from the explosion. 
 
Two injuries were reported, and as many as three people were reported missing. They have since been accounted for, according to the Denver Post.
 
"It was a huge, huge explosion. I can’t describe it, it was so loud," local resident Nancy Passerella told CBS Denver. 
 
7News reporter Tyler Lopez tweeted images from the scene showing one of the destroyed homes and debris shot into trees. 
 

 

 

 
Firefighters are still trying to determine if the explosion was caused by natural gas or propane. They are also searching through the wreckage for any remaining survivors. 
 
A spokesman for Xcel Energy says the company has cutoff natural gas service to the neighborhood as a result of the blast. 
 
About eight blocks of the neighborhood were evacuated after the blast, but residents are now being allowed back in their homes. 
 
 

 

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