Explosion Levels Long Island Home

No one was inside at the time of the blast

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 10:37 AM EDT
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An explosion destroyed an unoccupied home in Elmont.

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Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion that leveled a house on Long Island.     

The owner of the home was in the hospital at the time of the explosion. No one else was inside.

A pile of rubble now stands where the house in Elmont once stood.     

Nassau County police said a 911 caller reported the explosion at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday.     

Neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution while firefighters from numerous departments responded.     

A firefighter was treated for an eye injury.

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