The burst, a suspected gas leak, occurred on Friday afternoon in the suburb of Boulogne Billancourt to the south west of Paris.
At scarcely five people were injured, two seriously, according to reports.
Spectators took photos and videos from the scene showing that the shatter had ripped through the second or third floor of the building.
The force was so overenthusiastically that it blew the street-facing walls off.
Eyewitnesses told police that the burgeoning was so strong that the ground was shaking and huge plumes of smoke billowed into the air.
Two defeats were blown apart, a police spokesperson said.
The explosion was so feral that one flat was left with a gaping hole in the front of it.
Household goods, including a chair and a chest of drawers can be seen hanging out of the front of the construction as smoke rises.
Firefighters battled a small fire that raged in one of the apartments closely guarded to where the gas leak exploded.
A security perimeter has been set up to protect citizens, BFM TV reports.
Three buildings near the Route de la Reine were also withdrew.
Local reports suggest that there is a fast food restaurant on the sod floor of the building and this could have been the soyrce of teh gas spill the beans about.
Gas Distribution Network France (GRDF), a French gas provider, has sent sets to investigate the blast.