Home gas explosion blamed on OC earthquake

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(AP) – A Southern California earthquake is being blamed for a house explosion that sent a man in his 70s to the hospital with minor injuries. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says the 4.5-magnitude quake that hit Orange County Wednesday morning was followed two hours later by an explosion at a house in Ontario in neighboring San Bernardino County.

Authorities say the quake caused material stored in the garage to fall over, opening a natural gas valve. A water heater ignited the gas and the resulting explosion shattered windows in the home and a neighboring residence, started a small fire and hurled the garage door into a neighbor’s yard.

Damage was put at $200,000. The quake was one in a series that began with another 4.5-magnitude temblor late Tuesday.

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