Explosion Leads To Discovery Of Suspected Grow House In Boca

A West Boca home that was searched after a reported explosion in the neighborhood is being investigated as a drug grow house, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The home at 22195 Southwest 62nd Avenue was searched by personnel from the Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue after authorities were alerted to a possible explosion in the neighborhood said Eric Davis, a spokesman for PBSO.

No people were found inside the home but there was a dog, "possibly a pit bull mastiff," that will be turned over to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, Davis said.


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Dan McGuire, who lives across the street from the home, says he was awakened by a loud noise just after 5 a.m.

"It sounded like something hit the house," McGuire said.  Outisde, he discovered that his home was fine but that the home across the street had windows that were broken.

"That was an explosion," he said.

McGuire, 54, who has lived in the Sandalfoot community for 18 years, says most of his neighbors are also longtime residents and they were a little puzzled when the man, woman and their large dog moved in about six months ago.

"There was no moving truck or anything, it was just them," he said. 

McGuire and some of his neighbors on Southwest 62nd Avenue and nearby 62nd Court were initially evacuated from their homes but have since been allowed to return.

There were no reports of injuries during the incident.

This developing story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.