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Vacant Home Explodes Overnight In Boulder

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(credit: CBS)

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Boulder area resident woke up early Friday morning and called 911 after an explosion at a vacant home next door.

Neighbor Bill Mundwiller was knocked out of bed by the explosion.

“It pretty much blew me out of bed. It was so loud it was like a bomb went off,” Mundwiller said.

Emergency officials responded to 6027 Indian Road, near Valmont Road, and found the home collapsed. Authorities said there were no injuries and that there was no sign of a fire.

Officials said there was work being done on the home Thursday evening and that at one point on Thursday Mundwiller reported smelling “a strong odor of natural gas in the area.” He called the energy company to check it out.

“It was really strong and he came out and checked my meter. We actually went over to this house, checked it out, couldn’t detect any leaks; nothing major anyway. He tightened up a flange and pretty much that was it,” he said.

Looking at the damage in the daylight, Mundwiller says he’s lucky.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“A bunch of glass, and a couple pieces of drywall,” he said. “Luckily the fence took most of the concussion.”

Fire investigators spent most of the day digging through the pieces to find out exactly what caused the explosion.

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