An explosion that leveled two homes and set two others ablaze in a huge fire forced about 200 people from an Indianapolis neighborhood where two people were killed, authorities said Sunday.
The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and inflicted other damage on at least three dozen other homes, and could be heard three miles away.
The explosion, which occurred at 11 pm. Saturday, destroyed two houses that were side by side and spread fire to two other nearby homes. Mark Lotter, a spokesman for the city's mayor, said 27 houses had been rendered uninhabitable and another eight had sustained significant damage.