Explosion: ‘It will never be the same’


Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers check the ID of a motorist wanting access to the Richmond Hill subdivision Monday on the southside. Access to the area is still limited to residents and emergency personnel. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Richmond Hill resident Shawn Sullivan talks about his home that was damaged by an explosion Saturday. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Planes bound for the Greenwood Municipal Airport frequently fly over the Richmond Hill neighborhood on the southside, so resident Shawn Sullivan assumed the explosion he heard Saturday night was a plane that had crashed into someone’s house.

Officials have ruled out a plane crash, but investigators are still trying to determine what caused the massive explosion that leveled two homes and damaged nearly 80 others.

Sullivan said he felt safe returning and was glad to be back so quickly after the devastation.

He wasn’t home late Saturday night, when the explosion flatted homes on Fieldfare Way and broke out windows blocks away. A neighbor called him and told him to get back immediately to see what happened.

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