House explosion in Pa. knocks out walls, bricks

DOVER, Pa. (AP) — No one was injured in an explosion that authorities say was so powerful that it blew the bricks off a house and knocked down a wall in southern Pennsylvania.

Police said the 82-year-old York County homeowner and only occupant was not at the residence when the blast occurred around 9 a.m. Friday. Firefighters put out the blaze that followed.

The cause of the Dover Township blast remained under investigation.

Lt. David Lash of the Northern York County Regional Police says the damage left the house structurally unsound. He says one wall was blown out and that all the exterior bricks were knocked down.

Spokesman Russ Bedell says Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania shut off the natural-gas supply, but that it’s unclear whether this was a gas explosion.

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