Westlake police are asking the public to stay away from Crocker Park after a construction propane tank exploded this morning near the American Greetings building.
Crocker Park said in a statement early reports indicated the tank caught fire and exploded. The cause of the incident is still under investigation. There were no reported injuries.
Witnesses said the explosion blew out the windows from the front of the building.
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The sound from the explosion was reportedly heard as far away as the east side of Rocky River.
People on the streets near the area were evacuated by police, while others inside nearby buildings were asked to remain where they were.
John Devere, senior project manager of the Walsh Group, the company overseeing the construction of the American Greetings building, said no one was injured in the explosion.
Devere said a head count was taken immediately after everyone was safe and accounted for.
According to Westlake Building Commissioner Don Grayem, a couple dozen propane tanks were at the site to provide heat during the winter. The tanks that exploded were not being used and were scheduled to be removed.
Grayem said the American Greetings building was close to being completed and was expected to be ready to open by July 2016.
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