BALTIMORE- A vehicle explosion inside a parking garage that injured two people is still under investigation.
Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Baltimore Fire Department and several other agencies responded to 805 S. Caroline Street in Fells Point, which is the Caroline Street Garage Parking.
The explosion happened when someone started their vehicle inside the five-story garage, according to department spokeswoman Blair Adams.
Investigators found three large tanks inside the vehicle, which contained an unknown gas, Adams said.
Following the blast, firefighters evacuated all businesses and homes within a one-mile radius of the parking lot, authorities said.
A restaurant and apartments sandwich the garage.
“Suddenly we heard a noise. It was very loud and at first we thought it was an earthquake or something because the ground was also shaking,” said Jwele Dhakal, a waitress at the Harbor Tandoor restaurant.
The explosion caused some of the concrete to crack along the exterior of the restaurant.
The blast also shattered some windows on the third floor where the garage elevators are located and damaged several cars parked near the source.
The mangled hull of a white SUV was eventually towed away from the scene, but the Baltimore City Fire Department did not confirm the vehicle was the source of the explosion.
On Thursday, owners of vehicles on the upper levels of the garage began to exit after being ordered to refrain the night before. Only people with cars on the first two floors were allowed to leave after the scene was secured, according to a notice sent by the Baltimore city government.
Authorities said the driver, who had burns to his face and neck, and a bystander were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation.