Officials continue to investigate after Md. home explodes, remains pulled from rubble

An investigation continued Monday morning after a home in Rockville, Md. exploded early Friday morning shaking a community. The following day, the body of an unidentified man was pulled from the rubble adding to the tragedy, according to authorities.


By Monday morning, the remains had not yet been identified after they were sent to a medical examiner’s office in Baltimore over the weekend. However, the homeowner, Steve Back, described by neighbors as in his early sixties, remained unaccounted for and his pickup truck was still parked on the property.

The remains of a dog were also located under the rubble.

Furthermore, firearms and ammunition recovered from the home on Saturday continued to be a part of the investigation.

Officials say the gas inside the home was turned off by the Washington Gas in June 2015, but in December was mysteriously turned back on without the permission of the company.

Ten neighboring homes and a number of vehicles were also damaged during the explosion, but none of the residents were hurt.