One Dead and Seven Injured in New Jersey Explosion

A New Jersey townhouse complex exploded Tuesday afternoon as utility workers were trying to repair a damaged gas line, killing one person and injuring seven others, reports NBC New York.

The complex on Crockett Lane in Mercer County’s Ewing Township exploded as PSE&G crews were working on a gas line damaged by a contractor, the utility said. Smoke could be seen from miles away.

Ewing Township (NJ) Condo Destroyed in Explosion, Fire

Authorities said 55 units were damaged in the complex. Two utility workers had non-life-threatening injuries and five others were being held for observation, PSE&G said.

Dr. Louis D’Amelio said injuries from the explosion included concussions, broken bones and shrapnel wounds.

The force from the explosion buckled windows in an apartment complex nearby, said resident Marsha Brown, and pictures fell from her walls.

“It felt like a bomb,” she said.

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