House Explodes, Second Home Condemned

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 8:07 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 8:07 AM EDT

TOWN OF NIAGARA, NY (WKBW) - Federal investigators are looking closely at the natural gas and electrical hookups in the rubble of a home that exploded Wednesday afternoon.

The massive explosion leveled the single family house, which was unoccupied according to the property owner.

Dust and debris went flying onto Military Road, striking a passing vehicle and sending a passenger to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

An adjacent building was severely damaged in the explosion and was condemned by town officials, who said the house was pushed off its foundation.