Photo by Kenneth Castillo

Elysian Valley  — A fiery crash and explosion on the northbound 5 Freeway was heard across the neighborhood early this morning and prompted officials to close traffic lanes for several hours.

A SigAlert was declared at 3:19 am after three northbound lanes were blocked north of Riverside Drive, said the CHP on Twitter. Lanes were reopened by 7 am.

No further information was immediately available from the CHP.

But Elysian Valley resident Kenneth Castillo said the crash involved numerous vehicles, one of which caught fire.

The explosion “shook the whole house and I’m five blocks away,” he said.

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