Six hurt when gas blast destroys NZ home

Six people have been injured and dozens of homes evacuated in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after a huge gas explosion destroyed one home and damaged others.
The explosion on Friday was felt for miles around, with some fearing it might have been an earthquake or a bomb. Footage of the aftermath shows the home was reduced to a pile of wood and rubble with flames coming out.
Authorities have confirmed it was a gas explosion although say they're still investigating the cause.
Neighbour Ian Lackie told the Stuff website that he felt a pressure wave surge through his body and thought it might have been a plane crash. He says roofing tiles rained down like hail.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand say five neighbouring properties were affected by fire.
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