Lit cigarette triggers house explosion after bullet pierces gas pipe

A leaking pipe in a Detroit home filled a basement with gas and when a woman lit a cigarette an hour later, ignited the gasses causing the explosion.
A leaking pipe in a Detroit home filled a basement with gas and when a woman lit a cigarette an hour later, ignited the gasses causing the explosion.

A series of events led to a home explosion in Detroit that blew two doors into the street and sent several people to the hospital.

A house, with six people inside, exploded on Detroit's west side the night of Jan. 4 according to WDIV-TV. All six victims were taken to an area hospital with second- or third-degree burns.

The explosion was strong enough to send two doors from the home into the street and shatter windows.

Neighbor Daniel Lyons told WDIV-TV that he heard the explosion from a block away.


"We're talking about an explosion that you would hear on YouTube or something like that. Man, I thought we were going World War III, I'm not going to hold you up."

- Daniel Lyons, Neighbor

Investigators determined that a someone had fired a weapon in the home and the bullet pierced a basement gas line. The leaking pipe eventually filled the basement with gas and when a woman in the home lit a cigarette an hour later, ignited the gasses.

A dog also survived the explosion and is expected to make a full recovery.