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UPDATE: No Source Found For Reported Explosion


Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a reported explosion in Coal Valley, Illinois, on Friday night.

No one was hurt and no property damage reported, but the mystery continues.

Area residents called police to report having heard loud booms around 8:30 p.m.

MidAmerican crews, police, and several area fire departments were on the scene for hours looking into what happened.

Earlier in the day, crews were putting in some gas lines along Niabi Zoo Road, so investigators initially thought it could have been a gas leak.

But, a closer look at the gas lines revealed no problems.

And, although no trace of an explosion was actually found, officials say they do believe something happened. Area residents we talked to agree:

"I was sitting in my living room and I heard a big boom and a big flash of light and I jumped up and moved the curtain and to see if a trailer had blown up or something, what was going on, then I went outside and saw a second one go off and called 9-1-1," recalled Carol Alberti, who was waiting in her car on E 3rd Avenue in Coal Valley on Friday night after first responders asked her to leave her home, just to be safe.

No mandatory evacuations were issued.

Coal Valley's police chief says the whole incident is suspicious but not criminal.

Fire works could have been a possibility, but he says it's unlikely because there was no indication of a heat source.

The chief tells us, at this point, while the investigation is inconclusive, it is over.

Click here to see our earlier coverage.

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