Residents Shaken After Explosion Injures Neighbor

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HARTVILLE, Ohio -- One person was taken to a local hospital after an explosion in a garage in Hartville.

The Hartville Fire Department received several calls reporting the explosion behind a home on El Camino Circle N.E. near Route 619 at around 2:45 p.m.

"It was probably 2:45, 2:50 I heard an enormous explosion. I went outside and saw thick black smoke," said neighbor, Stacy Reich.

A man was inside the garage at the time of the explosion, but neighbors helped him get out.

"Couple of guys pulled him out, and he was kind of delirious and we took him to the hospital. Super nice guy. Actually, he's a carpenter and he did some work for me. Super nice guy," said neighbor, Pat Allen.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His condition is not known.

Fire officials said the explosion could be heard for miles. Some residents said it knocked photos off their walls and shook their doors and windows.

Resident Matthew Barton said the explosion shook his house twice. He said it felt like "someone picked up our house and dropped it."

Barton recorded the following video of the explosion aftermath:

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For about an hour following the blast, smaller explosions continued to come from the garage. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

Officials said the cause of the explosion was not gas-related, and no other homes are in danger.

"It was a huge shock wave. I've never experienced anything like it," Reich said.

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