One dead in New Jersey house explosion
Updated On: Mar 05 2014 05:20:11 AM CST
One woman is dead after a gas explosion rocked a condo complex in Ewing Twp., Mercer County, New Jersey. Authorities hope an autopsy will help identify her.
The explosion happened early Tuesday afternoon in the South Fork development on Crockett Lane, officials said.
Residents near and far could feel the blast.
"Oh, it rocked the homes in Hopewell Twp., 15 miles away," said Edmund Stoy, a neighbor.
Authorities say two private contractors from Henkels & McCoy were repairing an electrical problem when a gas line was punctured.
PSE&G technicians were called to the scene, and shortly after there was a explosion that sent everyone ducking for cover.
Both contractors with Henkels & McCoy, as well as the five PSE&G technicians called to the scene, were seriously injured. One of the workers is listed in critical condition, authorities confirmed.
Ten homes were torn to the ground by the explosion, 55 others suffered damage, officials said.
The mayor of Ewing Township, Bert Steinmann, said he would hold a news conference Wednesday morning, on how officials would proceed with the investigation.
Lt. Ron Lunetta says officials are unable to identify the victim, who was discovered on a car near the explosion site. They also don't know whether she lived at the development.
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