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Driver crashes into gas meter, house explodes

VERMILLION, Ohio (NBC) – A house explosion in Ohio is being blamed on a hit-and-run crash in which authorities say a driver went off the road and struck a gas meter.

It happened early Thursday morning at a home in Vermillion, Ohio, which is west of Cleveland.

A deputy responding to the crash was there when the explosion took place.

The blast was so fierce that it knocked the deputy off his feet and blew out his car windows.

That officer was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Those inside the home were able to get out unharmed.

Homeowners are now looking for one of their two dogs, who they believe ran off.

Police are still looking for the driver involved.

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