EUCLID -- Police responded to the scene where a house exploded on Miller Avenue in Euclid.
The home at 21531 burst, sending debris a half-mile away. The power of the blast blew the top off the second story, which landed upside down in the front yard. Amazingly, no one was injured.
Neighbors say the blast, around 11:30 a.m. Friday, was a sound they never expected, the scene even worse.
"Like boom. It was real bad, like maybe a grenade or something. It was just so terrible. You don't think a house will blow up like that you know?" said Raymond Flunder, who lost a window.
Neighbors along Miller Avenue in Euclid say this morning their quiet street became a war-zone.
"It sounded like a war movie. It was a very big explosion. It was very scary," said Krystal Bruce. "Just like a bomb.
"I just see a big cloud of smoke, pieces of the house and debris flying towards our way. It was very traumatic."
The home is for sale, according to the Howard Hanna listing. The listing agent did not return calls with questions.
Neighbors say the house had been vacant for a couple months. While they cleaned up broken glass, the Euclid Fire Department tried to make sense of what happened.
"We don't know why it exploded at this time," said Capt. Tom Durbank.
Firefighters and utility crews checked for gas leaks and disconnected utilities to the three homes that were damaged.
The woman and two children who live next door were allowed back in to gather a few belongings.
Before they pick up the pieces, investigators must do some digging.
"Basically (we) leave everything as it is as ... we don't want to move anything. That's why we've sectioned off the area," said Durbank.
The captain said had anyone been inside this home, the explosion would have almost certainly been deadly.