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Military jet crashes in California neighborhood

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An amateur video shows a U.S. Marine Corps jet crash east of San Diego. (Source: CNN) An amateur video shows a U.S. Marine Corps jet crash east of San Diego. (Source: CNN)

IMPERIAL, CA (CNN) - A military jet based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona crashed Wednesday in a neighborhood in California, the Marines said in a statement.

Three homes were destroyed and eight evacuated, but there were no reports of civilian injuries, officials said.

The AV-8B Harrier pilot ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries, the Marines said.

The jet crashed about 4:20 p.m., about 90 miles east of San Diego.

Authorities are investigating the cause.

"I heard like a pop and a whistle. And right when I looked up is when I saw the pilot eject," Shaun Penniman told CNN affiliate KGTV.

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