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People from nearly three miles away reported hearing an explosion that leveled a home in southern Greenville County early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Firefighters who responded to the call at 1971 Old Grove Road off U.S. 25 found the house demolished, with “part of the roof in trees and the whole yard covered in building materials,” said South Greenville Fire District Chief Ken Taylor.
“The insulation was blowing everywhere,” Taylor said. “It looked like a tornado had been through it.”
No one was injured, but the blast damaged at least one nearby home, causing the ceiling to cave in, authorities said.
“From the reports that we got, people heard it from several miles away,” Taylor said.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office was called to help with the investigation. The home was being renovated and was unoccupied, authorities said.
Taylor said he had never seen an incident like this in his 12 years with the department. It was lucky that the explosion happened so early on a weekend before too many people were on the street, he said.
“If somebody had been riding by and it happened then, the situation could have been different.”