Last night, a house in Amityville on Long Island was leveled by an apparent gas explosion. Newsday reports, "The explosion at 34 Meadow Ln., off South Bayview Avenue, blew the first floor of the house to bits, showering the street and nearby houses with glass, wood and metal shards... The second floor then collapsed onto the foundation." Neighbors described it as a fireball. A family of four managed to get out of the house before the explosion--a relative said Rich Brown went to the crawl space, "smelled strong fumes and then grabbed the children and they all got outside just before the house blew up." Brown is grateful that the incident happened during the day, rather than when they were sleeping.