Cause Of West Hills Home Explosion Remains A Mystery

The Southern California Gas Company says that there are currently no signs that a natural gas leak caused an explosion that damaged six homes in a West Hills neighborhood on Wednesday.

The incident happened at about 3 p.m. in a home in the 7500 block of Sale Avenue, reports CBS 2. The blast sent debris flying through the area, and damaged five other homes in the area. No serious injuries were reported, though two people received medical treatment at the scene.

The moment of the blast was captured by a neighboring home’s camera security system:

Images of the aftermath were posted up on social by a several reporters:

In a release, SoCal Gas said that crews had responded to the scene and have “conducted tests of the company’s pipelines, the service line to the home, and the natural gas meter.” They say they did not detect a natural gas leak from their equipment in the home or the street. However, as a precaution, the company has temporarily shut off service at several homes near the site of the explosion.

A SoCal Gas spokesperson told LAist that the company is still working with the Los Angeles Fire Department to determine the cause of the explosion.

Police say they do not believe that the explosion was drug related, and will not be conducting a criminal investigation: