Two Injured in Explosion, House Fire in East San Jose; Block Evacuated: Police

An explosion and fire at a house in East San Jose injured two men and prompted evacuations Sunday afternoon, according to San Jose police.

The explosion occurred just after 3 p.m. in the 4100 block of Moonflower Court in the Evergreen Valley area of San Jose. Police later confirmed fireworks were the cause. 

Both injured men were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Surrounding homes were evacuated, and the San Jose PD Bomb Unit responded to the scene, police said. The bomb squad eventually detonated the leftover fireworks, and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Taylor Poppins said her boyfriend suffered hand injuries in the blast.

"I just heard an explosion," she said. "The house kind of rumbled, so when I went to go check in the garage, and my friends were like running out of it, and I saw my boyfriend on the ground."

Police said it’s unclear if charges will be filed, but they were still investigating.

"Multiple fireworks, whether firecrackers or M-80s and things like that, if one goes off and things are next to them, it’s going to be more than you can handle, and that’s what happened," Lt. Steve Iagorio said.

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