Lancaster, PA - A major explosion in Lancaster completely obliterated a house, killed one utility worker, and injured three others.
The incident started around 12:16 PM on Sunday in the 200 block of Springdale Lane when somebody in the area reported the strong odor of gas. Utility workers and fire crews responded to the area, and the explosion happened about 10 minutes later.
Rescue workers said that the homeowner was evacuated just prior to the explosion.
The cause of the explosion is believed to be a gas leak.
One of the utility workers who was working on the issue was killed. Two others are listed in stable condition, and another worker is critical.
People reported hearing the explosion for miles away.
"I thought it sounded like a bomb and I completely freaked out," a witness told WHP-TV. "We went outside and we watched as a cloud of debris and insulation from the house came down ... I immediately knew it must've been an explosion because debris was everywhere."
Director of business development for UGI, Steve Cook, told Lancaster Online, “They were doing their investigation. That’s all we know at this point,” he said. “Obviously, there was an explosion. We are conducting an investigation” into what happened.
There was also damage to the nearby homes, with the glass getting blown in.
While I've seen house explosions before, this is the first one where there was noting left but rubble and a hole in the ground.
You can see more video of the aftermath below: