A Riverside explosion left a house "completely blown up and gone," as described by a firefighter. NBC Los Angeles reports Sept. 6 that the Riverside explosion in Calif. Friday morning felt to neighbors like an earthquake, a big crash, or a "truck dropped from a helicopter."
Gas company workers were called to the house that was leveled due to the blast. Fire officials confirmed that the home was under renovation for 30 days and had been the site of construction crews.
A hissing sound from the gas main was heard by neighbors after the Riverside explosion located at the 12000 block of Cochise Drive. No one was inside the house at the time it exploded. Debris was "scattered" around the neighborhood due to the powerful blast. Homes close by were damaged as well, with the attic of one residence catching on fire.
Riverside Fire Capt. Bruce Vanderhorst said the explosion pattern pushed most of the debris against a brick wall at the back of the house. The blast was felt blocks away and shook some homes, neighbors said.
Fire officials said a search-rescue dog was used to scour through rubble to "make sure" there were no casualties in the Riverside explosion.