Breaking News: Ontario, CA: Massive fireworks explosion along the 400 block of West Francis Street leaves two people dead.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Ontario Fire Department, Ontario Police Department and City of Ontario (Information):

Ontario, California: Massive fireworks explosion along the 400 block of West Francis Street rocks a neighborhood on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.

This video posted by @Prudencepms via Twitter shows when the massive explosion.

Video posted to Twitter by Kristya @K_th1ll of the massive explosion.

Video posted to Twitter by @damian_r24 of the massive explosion.

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.

The Ontario Fire Department Chief Ray Gayk confirmed during a news conference that two dead in a massive fireworks explosion.

Officials have not been formally identified the two people who died in the massive explosion.

Ariel footage showed a debris aftermath throughout the neighborhood, including a backyard structure without a roof, and firefighters rescuing a horse that was trapped in an enclosure.

Pictures: Twitter by @Prudencepms, Ontario Fire Department and Fox 11 Los Angeles (Courtesy):

According to Ontario Fire Department Chief Ray Gayk, firefighters received a call about an explosion at 12:28 p.m. PT, and first responders saw flames upon arriving to the home located along West Francis Street.

The Ontario Fire Department Chief Ray Gayk during a news conference that investigators with the department’s bomb squad, FBI and ATF were still going through the area to make sure no explosives were left about three hours after firefighters responded.

According to the City of Ontario, fireworks are illegal.

“Without knowing exactly what was in there, but due to the large explosion, we would — at a minimum — be investigating a felony or several felonies… depending on what cache of fireworks or explosive materials they had in there,” said Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Lorenz.

Picture: City of Ontario (Courtesy):

As of 4:04 p.m. PT, Considering that there may be unexploded fireworks on the ground, Ontario Police Department and Ontario Fire Department are requesting that residents in the immediate area evacuate/shelter in place while personnel attempt to collect potentially hazardous materials off the ground.

Picture: City of Ontario (Courtesy):

As of 7:25 p.m. PT, For residents in the evacuation area, the neighborhood will be closed for the night. For housing assistance, please go to De Anza Community Center (1405 S. Fern Ave) prior to midnight.

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