UPDATE: Cause of Floyd County house explosion determined - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

UPDATE: Cause of Floyd County house explosion determined

The explosion leveled the home and scattered debris into the street. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News) The explosion leveled the home and scattered debris into the street. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News)

FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A house exploded in Floyd County in a powerful blast that could be felt more than a mile away. The explosion leveled the home and scattered debris into the street.

First responders are thankful no one was inside the home at the time.

The explosion was first reported around 10:15 a.m. Monday. It happened along Smithwood Drive off of Charlestown Road outside of New Albany.

Fire officials say the explosion has been determined to be an accident. They determined a propane leak likely went unnoticed because no one has been living here.

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"Dishes rattled, everything," neighbor Derron Amrein said. "I mean it seemed like my house was falling apart."

Neighbors said what happened Monday morning felt like an earthquake.

"It's the most scariest thing I've ever been a part of. Especially with 9/11, it's like what just happened," neighbor Jennifer Glascock said. "That was the initial scare. Oh my gosh."

Glascock and Kevin Evans live a block over and were the first to see what was left of this one story brick home.

"We just ran over here to see if we can help," Glascock said.

"You could see the smoke and flames," Evans said. 

Evans, a New Albany firefighter, was off duty, but immediately went into first responder mode.

"I checked the house as best as I could," Evans said. "It was completely on the ground. I started yelling to the rubble and see if anybody would call out and then I tried to get some of the fire out that was actually heading to this house over here across the street."

Once fire crews got to the scene one of the first things they did was deactivate the propane tank.

"The propane tank was untouched," Amrein said.

New Chapel Fire Captain Matt Owen said no one was living in the home. However, someone's belongings were being stored there as remnants of furniture, clothes, even Christmas decorations were found littering the street.

"There were efforts to clean up and prepare the residence to rent, but at the time of the explosion no one had lived here for several weeks," Owen said.

Owen said that is likely why a propane leak went unnoticed. He said the state fire marshal’s office determined there was a failure in the supply line which fed a propane furnace from an exterior tank.

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"We're just very fortunate and lucky that no one was hurt," Owen said.

Clean up along Smithwood Drive is going to take some time.

Duke Energy completed their work to restore power to the street.

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