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Houses explode in Pennsylvania city

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• Three houses leveled, two others damaged in explosions
• No injuries immediately reported
• Gas company contractor had been working at homes, journalist says
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ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Explosions leveled three houses Saturday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and damaged two others.

No major injuries were reported, and the cause of the explosions wasn't known, reporter Randy Kraft from The Morning Call newspaper said. He said he was told that a contractor for the gas company was working at the homes, which were row houses, before the blasts occurred.

Video showed debris hanging from trees. Authorities evacuated surrounding houses, but some of those residents were being allowed to return late Saturday afternoon.(Watch firefighters hose down charred remains of houses and vehicles Video)

The blasts occurred between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the south side of Allentown, which is north of Philadelphia.

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Three homes were destroyed and at least two others damaged Saturday in explosions in Allentown, Pennsylvania.



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