Police say a neighborhood man stole copper piping from a vacant home in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, causing a natural gas leak and explosion that leveled the two-story house Saturday afternoon.
Michael Migliaccio, 35, was arrested later that night.
The house on the 4700 block of East Howell Street had been vacant for about a year, and was for sale, according to Philadelphia police.
No major injuries were reported in the collapse. A fire department dispatcher said crews are still excavating the home to make sure there was no one inside.