Plano House Explodes, Damages at Least Two Other Homes

No one was home at the time of the explosion and no injuries have been reported

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Investigators are sifting through the debris Thursday looking for what led to an explosion at a Plano home late Wednesday night.

The explosion at the home on the 3700 block of Shantara Lane happened at about 8:54 p.m. and caused significant damage to the 8,000 square-foot, multi-million dollar residence.

No one was home at the time of the explosion, officials said, which damaged at least two neighboring homes, including breaking windows and buckling a garage door.

Mike Spangler lives next to the home where the explosion occurred. Not long before the blast, Spangler recalled coming back inside the house after taking out the trash.

"Sit down, watch TV and then kaboom," he said. "I thought it was a lightning strike on the roof of the house, is what I thought it was. I expected to see my roof on fire."

Ring doorbell video shows the moment a Plano home exploded Wednesday night. The video comes from a neighboring house that shows a bright flash and debris falling on the house’s front porch.

No injuries were reported and first responders said they do not believe there is a continued threat in the neighborhood.

"Atmos has been on the scene, they have six or seven people here, they are checking all of the surrounding areas and are not getting any readings or anything," said Plano Fire-Rescue Capt. Michael Carr. "The only gas and electric that is shut off at this time is to the house of origin."

Brian Bruce lives across the street and shared Ring video with NBC 5 on Thursday afternoon that showed the flash from the explosion and a debris cloud filling the screen as the sound of the blast echoed through the neighborhood.

Bruce cleaned up the debris Thursday, which landed on his lawn.

"Got most of their roof in our garbage can," he said. "Unfortunately, I only have one garbage can."

"This is really sad. Thank God nobody died or got injured," said neighbor Umesh Thabar. "Obviously they will look at it and it has to be fixed."

Plano first responders were checking the stability of the residence and set up a perimeter to deal with the debris.

"The perimeter is so wide right now that the fire marshal that is on the scene doing the fire investigation is keeping it that way so he can do his investigation and figure out this debris pattern," said Carr.

As of Thursday afternoon, Carr said the cause of the explosion was still under investigation.

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