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Neighbors react after explosion rocks their homes

An early morning explosion in the Town of Wausau Thursday rocked neighboring homes.

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, the explosion happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday on Pioneer Lane.

One neighbor told Newsline 9 she heard a second blast after the first explosion. She said she didn't know what it was right away but could immediately smell it.

Another neighbor said he woke up to find ash in his yard and on his car. He estimated the explosion was about 400 yards from his home.

Colleen Hale, who lives on a different street down the road, said she's heard banging noises and fireworks from the area of the explosion in the past, though nothing comparing to what she heard Thursday morning.

"A definite explosion. It just sounded like one huge boom and it shook like our floor in the house," said Hale.

A man staying with family nearby said they were asked to evacuate around 11:40 Thursday morning. He said the man who lived in the house that exploded usually kept to himself.

Officers have not yet said if anyone was in the home when it exploded.

"I figured by the loud blast, I couldn't imagine that anyone would survive it if they were in the house," said Hale.

Marathon County Sheriff's Lt. Dale Wisnewski said neighbors were allowed to return to their homes about 3 p.m. Thursday. He said at that point they had determined there was no threat to nearby homes. But Wisnewski said after a suspicious device was found in a vehicle on the property, neighbors on Pioneer Lane were again advised to leave or go to their basements until the device was detonated.

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