BILLINGS - Billings police executing a search warrant at a home that was the site of an explosion Wednesday morning have found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Capt. John Bedford, with the detective division, confirmed "we have found quite a bit of paraphernalia inside."

Bedford said the Billings Fire Department determined the house was structurally sound enough for officers to search.

He said officers haven't determined the cause of the explosion, but suspect it is drug related. Officers from the Bureau Of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Explosives in Cheyenne, Wyo., will be in Billings tomorrow to help with the investigation.

BILLINGS - A south side Billings explosion sent three people to the hospital Wednesday morning.

Three men appeared to have burn injuries after an explosion in a home on the 100 block of South 29th Street.

Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras said four engines, a ladder truck and officers from the Billings Police Department responded to the incident, which was reported at about 8:30 a.m.

Dextras said there was a small fire when firefighters arrived, but it has been extinguished. The residents of the building have been evacuated following the explosion however and will not be able to return immediately.

"The structure entailed enough damage that is not safe to go into," he said.

The back wall of the home appeared to have been blown off the foundation by the explosion and an upstairs window looks to have been sent 75 feet into the alley behind the house.

The scene has been blocked off and the cause of the explosion and fire are under investigation.

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