St. Louis Public Radio News
12:08 am
Fri February 13, 2009

House explodes in Pontoon Beach

Pontoon Beach, Ill. – Authorities say no one was killed or
seriously injured in a house explosion near the southwestern
Illinois town of Pontoon Beach.

A relative of the home's residents says no one was inside the
7-year-old Madison County house when it blew up about 6:30 a.m.
today.
A neighbor was treated at the scene after being hit in the head
by flying drywall, and other homes in the area have been damaged.

Television footage showed debris strewn throughout the
neighborhood, in some cases looking like snow on many of the
rooftops. Witnesses say they felt the blast from miles away.

Neighbor Brad Choat - a reporter for St. Louis' KMOX radio -
said he awoke to a loud sound, then saw bright orange flames and a
large plume of smoke coming from where the house stood.