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House explodes in West Frankfort, 1 injured

WEST FRANKFORT – A house exploded in southern Illinois and a 20-year-old man was injured.

Police say the West Frankfort explosion happened Sunday afternoon. West Frankfort Fire Department Capt. Craig Lemmon says it doesn't appear that a gas leak caused the explosion. Authorities say the home was structurally unsound. Firefighters tore down the home because of heavy damage. No other properties were damaged.

Neighbors say they felt the explosion a block away. Tim Murphy was at his home when he "felt the ground shake" and says he "thought it was a sonic boom."

West Frankfort police and the Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating.

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