An explosion that leveled two homes and set two others ablaze in a huge fire forced about 200 people from an Indianapolis neighborhood where two people were killed, authorities said Sunday. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and inflicted other damage on at least three dozen other homes, and could be heard three miles away.
The explosion, which occurred at 11 pm. Saturday, destroyed two houses that were side by side and spread fire to two other nearby homes. Mark Lotter, a spokesman for the city's mayor, said 27 houses had been rendered uninhabitable and another eight had sustained significant damage.
Authorities said they had no immediate information on the cause. The fire department and other agencies were investigating.
Four people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the explosion and fire, the Indianapolis Fire Department said in a statement. Fire Lieutenant Bonnie Hensley said firefighters put out the flames and then went through the rubble and damaged homes one at a time, in case people had been left behind. Two bodies have been recovered.
According to a unconfrimed report, after the firing of two drone-missiles, two distinct trajectories were recorded which were "near simultaneously countermanded" by countermeasures employed by an AN/ALQ-99 airborne electronic warfare system aboard a US Air Force EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft that had been dispatched from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to track this CIA drone that had, apparently, deviated from its assigned flight track.
As a point of note a drone strike could have missed the intended targets, possibly the US Army Resource Svs (PPBES) and the US Defense Finance (DFAS ) both located in Indianapolis, coincidence?