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At Least 2 Dead After Huge Fireworks Stash Blows Up Inside An Ontario Home

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Fireworks went off inside a home in Ontario on March 16, 2021. (Courtesy of Ontario Fire Department)

At least two people are dead after a huge explosion rocked an Ontario neighborhood Tuesday. The city tweeted that a large stash of fireworks ignited inside a home.

The people who died were "in the area" of the explosion, Ontario Fire Dept. Chief Raymond J. Gayk told us.

The blast sent a huge plume of smoke into the air — many people shared photos and video on social media.

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Earlier in the day, officials asked residents to shelter in place or evacuate the area as they looked for potential hazardous materials on the ground, according to a tweet from the city.

Authorities said late Tuesday that the evacuation area will be closed overnight:

To accommodate displaced residents, the city opened the De Anza Community Center as an emergency shelter.

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