A remarkable video appears to show the instant that a house in Plano, Texas exploded in a massive fireball which rendered two neighboring homes uninhabitable and injured six people.
The video was reportedly captured by a neighbor's Ring video doorbell camera. It is available via YouTube.
In the video, a house is visible from the front porch of a neighboring home. In an instant, the view is rocked by an apparent explosion, and a loud bang is heard. A slow-motion version of the video appears to show debris--including wooden boards presumably from the exploded home--showering the front porch visible in the frame, as a fireball or cloud of smoke is visible across the street.
The speed of the video captures the violence of the apparent explosion, which appears to have occurred in less than one second. Even when the video is substantially slowed down digitally, debris and full-sized wooden boards fly at the camera with a great deal of speed, causing a door visible in the frame to rock and appear to swing open, possibly itself suffering damage as a result of the debris or the shockwave from the apparent blast. The loud sound of the apparent blast also suggests that it was quite significant.
According to an investigation by Fox4 News, the explosion was likely caused by a gas leak. Fox News reports that Plano Fire Rescue investigators have examined the site, which is located in the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive, and traced its source to a probable internal gas leak.
According to reporting by NBC Dallas Fort Worth, six people were injured in the blast. One was inside the home during the explosion, according to the report, while five were in an adjacent home. Reporting indicates that debris from the explosion flew several hundred feet, and that the house was entirely destroyed.
In an announcement posted to Twitter, the Plano Fort Worth fire department confirmed that “Plano Fire-Rescue fire investigators have determined the probable cause of Monday’s house explosion to be an isolated gas leak.” The department also offered comfort to the public, saying that “The Fire Marshal has emphasized that the leak was isolated to the home and no other homes are in danger.”
Some have suggested that the explosion could have been caused by--or sparked by--lightning which was occurring in the area at the time. Several users noted that they heard louder than normal lightning in the region, or saw lightning strikes which may have hit the ground. Some speculated that occupants of the house would have smelled such a large accumulation of gas, and wondered whether the explosion could have been caused by lightning striking an electrical box, or lightning igniting gas lines within the home.
In response to these queries, the Plant Fort Worth Fire Department wrote that “ALL avenues are being looked at thoroughly. The investigation is still underway.”
Politician Russel Foster summed up the feelings of many locals: “Praying for these families that are affected in Plano TX tonight after this explosion rocked their neighborhood.”
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