At least three other homes, aside from the one that exploded, were seriously damaged. Officials said it wasn’t immediately clear what might have caused the explosion, which was strong enough that neighbors reported seeing fireballs over the neighborhood’s tallest trees.

The sheer force of the explosion led people to think that a bomb had exploded or a plane had crashed in their midst. All told, more than a dozen homes sustained damage from the blast, including one that had the exploded home’s chimney crash into its living room. Fortunately, the homeowners were away at the time of the blast.

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It will take time before the people in the neighborhood will be able to pick up the pieces — literally and figuratively. It is fortunate that more people were not hurt in the powerful blast, but those who were injured through no fault of their own might wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will be an event that is imprinted on people’s minds for the rest of their lives, and they might need compensation to help them recover.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Moon street staggered by house explosion,” Robert Zullo, Oct. 13, 2013

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