Jeffersonville home explosion cause still under investigation

Air 3: Home explosion in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WAVE) - Officials said Tuesday they are not ready to release an official cause of the deadly home explosion in Jeffersonville.

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+ Officials rule out meth lab, consider natural gas as cause of explosion

Vectren Energy told us they tested for natural gas from outside of the home Sunday --those tests came back clear.

“The neighbor’s house was just gone,” William Short told WAVE 3 News. “I thought it was a tornado.” Short lives right across the street from the home which exploded.

The blast sent debris hurling into neighbor’s homes, shifting some homes off their foundation.

On Vectren’s website they recommend piping be periodically checked, including buried pipes that could be subject to corrosion and leaks.

The company told us the distribution pipes to the home were industrial grade plastic--but they did not know what kinds of pipes were inside of the home.

It was built in 1967 according to records we found. It had three bedrooms and one bath.

The state’s pipeline safety director also said a fatality report has been filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal pipeline regulators.

Earlier in the day, the Jeffersonville Fire Department ruled out the possibility of a meth lab being to blame for the explosion.

Sunday’s blast was so powerful that it affected more than a dozen homes in the neighborhood.

Short said his heart went out to his neighbors who lived in the home.

“How everybody in the vicinity made it out without any injuries, it’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s just trying to figure out what to do from here.”

The director also said a fatality report has been filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal pipeline regulators.

Sunday’s blast was so powerful that it affected more than a dozen homes in the neighborhood.

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