Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:49:20 GMT
How "tornado tough" is your kids' school? Why don't they have safe rooms and shelters? After what happened in Oklahoma, parents are asking those questions. Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis buildingMore >>
Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis building designed and built to survive some of the most powerful tornadoes. But why aren't schools being built to the same demanding standards?More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:37:18 GMT
We're getting a closer look Wednesday at what's left of the elementary school that took a direct hit in the Oklahoma tornado. The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and whenMore >>
The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and when you see the video, it's hard to believe so many students were rescued. It's scene like those that are forcing schools across Indiana to take a much closer look at how they're keeping students safe during tornadoes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:31:29 GMT
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side. IMPD says they've been working with the FederalMore >>
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:16:50 GMT
An Indianapolis teenager is in big trouble tonight for cyber bullying using her social media account. Several of her classmates say she threatened to beat up classmates, unless they paid her off. TheMore >>
Parents say a 13-year-old IPS student was threatening other students to give her money or get beat up.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:25:04 GMT
Two U.K. government officials say a brutal attack that left one man dead near a London military barracks appears to have been motivated by radical Islam. Two men apparently attacked another man near aMore >>
British police are investigating whether the murder of a man in London today was linked to terrorism. British media report the man was a soldier and Prime Minister David Cameron said there are "strong indications" it was terror-related. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:13 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:13:13 GMT
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb. The Fishers Town Council passed a fireworks ordinance last month that limits whenMore >>
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:11 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:11:11 GMT
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis. State officialsMore >>
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:01:31 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
At noon, WTHR's crew took on the Media Pit Stop Challenge.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:57 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:57:23 GMT
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. "While the credibility of the threat has not been determined,More >>
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:17:02 GMT
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers open up the NBA's Eastern Conference final tonight with Game 1 in Miami. This is a series featuring two contrasting teams. The Heat, the defending league champions,More >>
The Pacers just finished up a rekindled playoff rivalry against the Knicks, and we may be seeing a new one against Miami - starting tonight!More >>
Residents and investigators are still trying to find out what caused an explosion at a house on the south side of Indianapolis.
While there have been dozens of investigators all over the neighborhood for two days and nights, neighbors still don't know what caused the home near them to explode in a ball of fire.
Once again investigators will comb through the debris today, as they have the past two days, searching for evidence and clues as to what would have caused such devastation from the powerful explosion.
The focus has been from the beginning on natural gas, although investigators will only say there is no official cause. And Citizens Gas indicates there was nothing leading up to the explosion to foretell any problems or leaks.
That makes the residents of Richmond Hill very uneasy.
For those who are back in their homes, it is still an unstable situation. "All night and all day we feel so fortunate, but I said I feel like a jerk that we were so fortunate, compared to what others neighbors experienced," said Helene Ray, who added that her kids have a hard time going to sleep.
"It went from a blue flash to a white, like, uh, mushroom cloud, maybe?" said another resident of Richmond Hill subdivision, describing the explosion.
The Saturday night blast killed two people and leveled several homes. What caused the explosion remains a mystery.
"We are not going to speculate the exact house, I mean, we have, you can see there are two houses gone and it is still under investigation," said Gary Coons, director of Indianapolis Homeland Security.
Coons will only say his agency is being helped by federal investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation, because that agency has jurisdiction over the gas line.
That is exactly what Helene Ray does not want to hear.
With a couple of broken windows and a crooked sliding glass door, the damage to Ray's house is nothing like many of her neighbors.
John Shirley owned one of the homes leveled by the explosion. His ex-wife got the house in their divorce, and he suspects the furnace in his old house may have been faulty.
"If there was a problem with the furnace, then maybe I could have given some better advice," Shirley told Eyewitness News in a phone interview.
A fence has been ordered placed around the homes that received the most damage, there is no word from the investigating agency on when they plan to offer a glimpse into their investigation.
So another day today of sifting through the destruction. There is limited access to people from the outside mainly out of security and safety.
Eyewitness News is learning more Monday about what may have caused the deadly explosion over the weekend that left a couple dead and damaged or destroyed homes in the Richmond Hills subdivision.
The Associated Press reports the owner of the house that blew up says a faulty furnace may be to blame. Also, the NTSB has joined the search for the cause of the explosion.
However, at a news conference Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Citizens Energy said the utility never received a call about a faulty furnace from the home in question.
Citizens also would not confirm any gas leak, saying it was too early to speculate and that the investigation was ongoing.
Code Enforcement representatives also spoke at Monday's news conference. They said that 29 structures are uninhabitable. Beginning Monday, their focus shifted to getting residents back into their homes either to claim their possessions or to settle back in, if the home is deemed habitable by structural engineers.
Adam Collins with Code Enforcement said the goal was to get insurance adjusters into the neighborhood to survey the damage for their estimates.
"As fast as the insurance companies can move, we'll be able to accommodate them," he said.
No gas leaks were found in the mains or gas line running to the house, according to Homeland Security Director Gary Coons. Now investigators are sifting through the charred debris of the home that exploded.
The mother and daughter who lived in the home were out of town last Saturday when the explosion occurred. They are back in Indianapolis and investigators will speak to them. One question investigators are certain to ask is if anyone was using the home in their absence.
The neighborhood is closed to outsiders. Residents are hoping to get back in to claim their possessions, but they have a lot of questions.
Mail service has been temporarily suspended to the neighborhood. Citizens Energy says all but 30 homes have had gas restored.
Numerous homes inside the disaster zone are so damaged they are in danger of collapsing.
Coons said Code Enforcement will determine which homes are safe to enter.
"We're still working with the community on that," said Coons. "We're trying to get them answers as quickly as we can on when they can get back."
Monday, May 20 2013 6:20 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:20:47 GMT
A 10-year-old Indianapolis girl had high hopes for Saturday's Lemonade Day, a day when kids get the chance to learn about running a small business. Morgen Morris, who was sponsored by WIBC Radio, scoredMore >>
But just an hour into selling glasses of Peachy-Keen lemonade for 75 cents a glass, an IMS employee put the brakes on Morgen Morris' stand.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:02:01 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>