Explosion destroys Council Bluffs home

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November 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A vacant house in Council Bluffs has been destroyed in an explosion that authorities say moved the house 50 feet off its foundation. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported the explosion happened this (Tuesday) afternoon. Debris from the blast was scattered several hundred feet away. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but Fire Chief Alan Byers says it appears a propane tank may have been the cause.

A woman who lives nearby and was outside at the time was taken to a local hospital for a hearing-related injury. No other injuries were reported. Abraham Lincoln High School was also locked down for about 20 minutes following the explosion as a precaution.