Powerful Explosion Levels Home on L.I.

21 people from nearby homes taken to hospitals for evaluation.

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    A gas leak leads to a home explosion in Brentwood. (Published Sunday, April 24, 2011)

    A powerful explosion has destroyed a vacant house on New York's Long Island.

    No one was seriously injured in the Easter morning blast, but 21 people from nearby homes have been taken to hospitals for evaluation.

    The force of the explosion was strong enough to knock pictures off walls in houses blocks away from the blast site in Brentwood, in Suffolk County about 40 miles east of New York City.

    Neighbors tweeted about feeling the explosion blocks away.

    Neighbor John Teuschler tells Newsday the explosion sounded like a bomb. He says it blew out the front windows of his house, ripped his front door off its hinges and caused everything on his walls to fall down.

    About 100 firefighters from surrounding communities responded to the 10:45 a.m. explosion. Authorities are investigating the cause.