ATF says St. Joseph house explosion was result of illegal firewo - KCTV5

ATF says St. Joseph house explosion was result of illegal fireworks

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St. Joseph police have taken one man into custody in regards to the explosion. (KCTV5) St. Joseph police have taken one man into custody in regards to the explosion. (KCTV5)
ST. JOSEPH, MO (KCTV/AP) -

The United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has determined the cause of a home explosion in St. Joseph, MO.

Agents cleared the scene of Tuesday's home explosion and recovered what they believe to be components of illegal fireworks.

The components discovered at the scene will be sent to the ATF Explosives Laboratory for evaluation.

St. Joseph police have taken one man into custody in regards to the explosion. He was later released.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion around 9:40 a.m., with one witness saying all four walls of the home blew out and the roof collapsed, according to a news report from CBS affiliate News-PressNow.com.

The explosion happened at a home in the 1100 block of Prospect Avenue.

The report states three people were taken by ambulance to Mosaic Life Care Hospital in St. Joseph.

Capt. Jeff Wilson of the St. Joseph Police Department says two men and a woman were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after neighbors pulled them from the home.

None of those saved from the home are dead, but their conditions beyond that are unknown.

No children were inside the home.

The house walls were blown out and the roof collapsed into the structure.

Previous coverage: Bystanders rush to save those inside St. Joseph house explosion

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