A compressed air tank exploded in a Lake Elsinore neighborhood Sunday afternoon, sending debris over 150 feet away, and shaking residents who were nearby.
Its unclear what caused the air tank, in the 30000 block of Skylark Drive, to explode at about 1:35 p.m. The tank, owned by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, is used to help push water to higher elevations in the neighborhood. Reports say debris, including chunks of concrete, cinder block, and reinforced steel were found over 150 feet away.
According to Lake Elsinore Fire Captain Dan Buck, two engines repsonded to reports of fire and an explosion. Upon arrival, no fire was found.
No injuries have been reported, and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District workers are making repairs to broken lines. An estimated five homes are without water following the incident.
One nearby resident told Patch that the explosion "just shook the house" that was indescribable.
An investigation into what caused the air tank to explode is underway.