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Blast heard 10 miles away levels home

BUFFALO, Ind. – An explosion Monday that leveled a small summer home in White County shook homes and businesses and was heard up to 10 miles away, authorities said.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the blast Monday morning near the small town of Buffalo, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. No one was injured, police said.

Officials from the state fire marshal’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating the cause of the explosion. The cause had not been determined, said John Erickson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The Monticello Herald Journal reported Denny Randle, an investigator with the fire marshal’s office, looked through debris checking a furnace, gas stove and water heater for clues on the blast’s origin.

“We’re trying to figure what was the source to start the spark to make the explosion,” Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Greg Westerhouse told the newspaper.

Westerhouse said the home’s owner told him he had turned off the gas.

A shop owner two miles from the blast told WLFI-TV the explosion rattled his shop’s windows.

The Journal & Courier in nearby Lafayette described the destroyed structure as a cottage measuring 30 feet by 30 feet.