By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: City of Ontario, Ontario Police Department and the Ontario Fire Department (Information):
Ontario, California: There has been a massive explosion in the area of Fern Avenue and Francis Street.
Someone’s firework stack went off in Ontario shook our whole neighborhood pic.twitter.com/LmUrtgl0oK
— pms♑️ (@Prudencepms) March 16, 2021
This video posted by @Prudencepms via Twitter shows when the massive explosion.
Firework show in Ontario, about three blocks from the explosion pic.twitter.com/mC4qrJqJse
— Kristya (@k_th1ll) March 16, 2021
Video posted to Twitter by Kristya @K_th1ll of the massive explosion.
My mom got it on tape 😳 pic.twitter.com/6QWgCPrMKz
— damian_1027 (@damian_r24) March 16, 2021
Video posted to Twitter by @damian_r24 of the massive explosion.
“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,” posted by the City of Ontario via Twitter.
Initial reports from the Ontario Police Department, reports of a loud explosion in the 400 block of West Francis Street.
Pictures: Ontario Fire Department and Fox 11 Los Angeles (Courtesy):
Witnesses at the scene said it felt like am earthquake and heard “two loud bangs” followed by a plume of smoke.
These are news helicopter views of the scene via Fox 11 Los Angeles.
As of 1:12 p.m. PT, the City of Ontario tweeted via Twitter, “The Ontario Police Department and Ontario Fire Department are currently on scene in the area of Fern Avenue and Francis Street. A large amount of fireworks at a house ignited, causing a large structure fire. Explosions being heard are by fireworks at this time. More details to follow.”
Ariel footage shows fire crews rescuing a white horse from the blaze area of an massive explosion.
Pictures: Ontario Fire Department (Courtesy):
As of 2:10 p.m. PT, the Ontario Fire Department just tweeted via Twitter, “EVACUATION Order has been issued for W Francis St and W Maple Ave between Fern and San Antonio. A temporary Care and Reception Center is being established at the De Anza Community Center, 1405 S. Fern.”
Information still coming into ZachNews.