UPDATE: Man airlifted after home destroyed in a massive explosion

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CHARLOTTE, NC – (CBS & CNN) – UPDATE 5:10 p.m.- A man is airlifted after being found inside a Ballantyne home that was destroyed in an explosion Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened before 2 p.m. at a home on James Jack Lane, which is off Ballantyne Commons Parkway in Ballantyne Country Club. Few details have been released, but officials at the scene say they believe people were in the home when it exploded. They said a rescue mission was underway to find those people.

Just after 4:30 p.m., officials held a press conference and said that a man inside the home during the explosion was able to call 911 from the wreckage. When the victim was located, he were airlifted to a local hospital with very serious injuries.

The man’s name and condition have not been released, but officials said he was alert and conscious when he was freed from the rubble.

Firefighters said they were still trying to rescue anyone else who may have been in the home.

Soon after the explosion multiple people reported debris striking nearby homes.

1:15 p.m. – Emergency crews responded to an explosion at a home in south Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the incident happened before 2 p.m. at a home on James Jack Lane, which is off Ballantyne Commons Parkway in Ballantyne Country Club.

Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the rubble. Homes nearby are damaged as well. No word on what caused the explosion.

Authorities say the explosion could be heard and felt almost five miles away. There’s no word on any injuries at this time.

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Posted by CBS 42 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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