Explosion at apparent Boca Raton 'grow house'

PBSO Narcotics Unit searches house for evidence

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating an explosion Tuesday morning in the 22,000 block of S.W. 62 Avenue in suburban Boca Raton.

They say the house appears to have been used as a grow house. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says some sort of chemical or gas exploded inside the refrigerator in the house.

The PBSO Narcotics Unit arrived on scene just after noon to search inside the house. The unit suited up and donned masks before entering.

They also searched a black Lexus parked in the driveway. They removed several items from the car and brought them into the house to be searched.

At about 5 a.m., a neighbor heard what she thought was an explosion and glass breaking.

Chopper 5 video above the scene showed that multiple windows had been blown out.

A neighbor had a surveillance camera pointing in the direction of the residence.

In one picture the right side of a fence is shaking. Then, for the next 15 minutes, a man and a woman are seen going back and forth by the fence.

At one point it appears they put a bag of items inside a car.

Neighbors say the noise woke them up; others heard it in the shower.

“I heard a loud explosion. It kind of sounded like a transformer blowing up,” said Melody Hendy. “The explosion shook our house; shook their house across the street and that’s all we really know right now.”

"We woke up to a loud boom it sounded like a gunshot," said one neighbor. "It's crazy because this neighborhood is full of children, one house down is the school bus stop."

The people in the video disappeared. All that was found inside the house was a pit bull mastiff.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control came to pick him up.

Investigators contacted the people who own the home and they said that they were renting the house.

Now police are trying to find the renters.

No injuries were reported.

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