A fireworks explosion has killed two people, injured another as well as a dog and a horse.
It’s believed a firework stack went off in Ontario, California, and ‘shook’ the neighbourhood, according to witnesses.
Multiple blasts were heard around 12.30pm local time, with two homes burned.
Thick smoke filled the air and crews cordoned off the area to residents and passers-by.
Ontario Fire Department Chief Gayk confirmed that two people died in the explosion, believed to be caused by commercial-grade fireworks.
A horse trapped against a wall near a pile of burning debris, and a dog, were both injured but are ‘doing well’, reports CBSN.
One social media user claimed the explosion “shook their parent’s house”.
There are reports the fire damaged a number of properties, and flames engulfed two houses, with windows shattering in a nearby apartment block.
Multiple blasts were reported in Ontario, around 35 miles east of Los Angeles.
Videos from the scene showed a “long series of fireworks explosions” over a home.
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Nelly Gutierrez, who lives nearby, told local news her windows were blown out by the initial explosion.
ABC7 reported that residents who lived up to 30 miles away in Huntington Beach and Anaheim could feel the reverberations from the blast.
“It felt like something hit the roof, or a car crashed into the house,” Bailey told ABC 7.
Ontario Fire Department tweeted: “Only the 300 & 400 Blk of W Francis and 400 Blk of W Maple are under evacuation order [between Fern and San Antonio Ave].
“A temporary Care and Reception Center is being established at the De Anza Community Center, 1405 S. Fern.”
The city’s official Twitter account said in a statement: “We are aware of the loud explosion that was heard recently.
“The Ontario Police Department and the Ontario Fire Department are investigating it. Please stay clear of the area.”
Car alarms were triggered and 21 windows at an apartment block were blown out, Orange County reporter Michele Gile tweeted.
Multiple fire crews were sent to the scene and locals were advised to stay out of the area.
Cops were also called to the incident, with officials responding to a “large structure fire” and confirming “explosions” were heard.