Two people died in a fireworks explosion at a house in Ontario, CA this afternoon. First responders are investigating after a “large amount of fireworks at a house ignited,” causing an explosion that killed two people. Shortly before noon, the fire department received calls about an explosion that some bystanders said felt like an earthquake. About 50 firefighters responded to the scene along West Francis Street. In a news conference, Ontario Fire Chief Ray Gayk said “it was very evident that we had a lot of commercial-grade fireworks that were going off at the time.” Officials confirmed two fatalities in addition to injured animals. The Ontario Fire Department issued an evacuation order for West Francis Street and West Maple Avenue with a temporary reception facility set-up at the De Anza Community Center located at 1405 South Fern Street.

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