Tomball home explosion that killed 1 may have been suicide, police say


TOMBALL, Texas (KTRK) — Police say a home explosion that killed a man and rocked a Tomball neighborhood overnight may have been intentionally set, and investigators are looking into whether suicide was involved.

The Tomball Fire Department responded to reports of a fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday on Vernon near Arnold.

It was initially believed the incident was a gas explosion, but Tomball police later said Thursday morning that public works utility crews conducted an inspection and determined there are no issues with the natural gas system. There is no danger to the public.

Video from the scene showed just how powerful the explosion was, completely blowing the roof and walls off of the home, leaving it unrecognizable.

Neighbors say they felt the explosion as far as two miles away.

“Like, literally, our feet shook from underneath us,” recalled Michele Bancroft, who lives two miles away. “We’re like, ‘What is going on?'”

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