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Explosion destroys Detroit home — police say woman lit a crack pipe near a gas leak

Police are still looking for a man who went missing from the explosion

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A Detroit, Michigan, home was destroyed by an explosion and fire that police believe was sparked when a woman lit up a crack pipe near a gas leak.

The explosion rocked the neighborhood on the city's west side on Friday.

Police say they found a 46-year-old woman with burns to her face, arms and legs at the property when they arrived. They also found a 42-year-old man with similar injuries behind the home.

The explosion blew out the windows from other homes nearby, in addition to other damage.

Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell told The Detroit News that the woman "claimed she was lighting a crack pipe when the explosion happened."

A neighbor from across the street from the explosion said it sounded like a bomb going off.

"It was really loud," said 25-year-old Abraham Alagi. "At the same time I could hear glass shattering. Then I realized that was coming from my front windows."

Initially police believed that the explosion killed a 65-year-old man who was in the home at the time also, but they later said that he might have walked away after the blast. They are officially calling him missing until they find his whereabouts.

Here's a local news report about the blast:

4 injured in Detroit house explosion www.youtube.com

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