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Mo. House Explodes, Kills One

January 16, 2000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Explosions destroyed a home and scattered debris over a wide area of a south Kansas City neighborhood Saturday, killing one person and setting an adjacent house on fire.

The body of the victim was found in the house that exploded, said Fire Department Deputy Chief Pat Gilchrist.

A large amount of explosive chemicals was also found in the remains of the house that exploded. Gilchrist said the type of chemicals was unknown but they appeared to be powerful pyrotechnics that would be used in making fireworks.

Fire officials said they did not know the cause of the explosions, but ruled out a natural gas leak. Gilchrist said the fire would be investigated as a crime scene.

Wood, glass and other debris littered the streets in the area. Some businesses close to the house that exploded had their windows blown out.

Witnesses reported a series of explosions.

``We thought at first someone was shooting at the house, but then there was just a real loud boom,″ said Dave Ross, who lives in the house on the other side of the exploded house.

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