Suspected natural gas explosion destroys vacant house in Boulder County

Blast rattles neighbors

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A suspected natural gas explosion destroyed a vacant house in Boulder County early Friday morning.

The blast just before 4 a.m. rattled neighbors near the empty home at 6027 Indian Rd., Boulder County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Crist said in a news release.

"It knocked me out of bed, it was so loud," neighbor Bill Mundwiller told the Boulder Daily Camera. "It was a big explosion and a flash, but I didn't see any fire."

Sheriff's officials told 7NEWS the house was for sale.

Arriving firefighters found that the explosion had completely collapsed the house, Crist said. There were no reports of injuries, fire or damage to surrounding houses.

Witnesses reported that there was a strong odor of natural gas in the area on Thursday afternoon and there was work being performed in the house, Crist said.

Mundwiller told the newspaper he had called Xcel Energy at about 5 p.m., because of a strong natural gas odor in the neighborhood. But he said the utility's personnel couldn't find a problem in the area.

The counties Multi-Agency Fire Investigation Team continues to investigate the cause of the explosion.

 Firefighters from Rocky Mountain Fire, Boulder Rural Fire, Boulder Emergency Services, Boulder County emergency Services and Boulder County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the incident.