Video captures powerful house explosion in Cleveland neighborhood

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was an explosion so powerful, neighbors said it felt like a car crashed through their homes.

Surveillance cameras captured the moment the explosion destroyed the entire home on W.46th Street on Sunday.

The blast blew out the front walls of the home into the driveway with debris flying onto nearby properties.

House explosion West 46th St. in Cleveland

House explosion West 46th St. in Cleveland

Larry Moran's home security system just a few doors down captured video of the blast.

Moran said of the Sunday morning explosion, “…sitting in my chair drinking a cop of coffee watching the morning news and it sounded like somebody hit the front of my house with a car."

The video also captured the moments when nearby residents ran out of their homes, fearing the worst.

Emergency crews are seen arriving at the scene, five minutes after the blast; thick smoke can then be seen billowing from the damaged structure.

Homeowner Dennis Veit told FOX 8 on the scene Sunday, he was inside his home just seconds before and was just outside the garage when disaster struck.

Veit also said it was his wife who smelled gas in the days leading to this. “The wife, she thought she could smell gas; she asked me and I said, 'I don't smell it, you know?'”

Now two days later, a Cleveland police squad car was standing guard outside the house to prevent anyone from entering the home which is clearly unstable.

Neighboring homes were also slightly damaged, but livable.

As for a cause of the explosion, it could possibly be a gas leak in the furnace. But fire investigators said it may take days, even weeks, before a determining a definite cause.

The homeowner said his wife and two grandchildren were at church at the time of the explosion. No one was hurt.

The home is expected to be torn down within the next two days.

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