What was that boom? Officials believe gas leak caused Gladwyne house explosion

Pat Loeb
November 04, 2018 - 8:44 pm

Photo provided by Gladwyne Fire Company


GLADWYNE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- What was that boom?  Thousands of people heard it, and now officials say they know what caused an alarming house explosion in Gladwyne.

The sound of the explosion was heard around 8 p.m. Sunday, and miraculously no one was hurt. 

Lower Merion police superintendent Mike McGrath says the owners were staying on another part of the two acre property.

"There is a outhouse, a seperate residence, off to the side, he said. "And they were on the property, but not in the home [at the time> of the explosion."

McGrath says the suspected cause is a gas leak but the ATF and other agencies are investigating. 

He says he believes the area is now safe.

"PECO has been on scene and checked the entire area, so we have no concerns in that reguard," McGrath said.

The home was leveled by the blast, a pile of stone and jagged timber is now what remains, where a 7,000 square foot mansion once stood.