Ewing Township: Gas Explosion in New Jersey Leaves 1 Dead, 7 Injured

Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 11:19 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Officials are still sifting through the rubble caused by a massive gas explosion in Ewing Township, N.J., Tuesday that left one woman dead, seven utility workers injured, and more than 60 homes destroyed.

Contractors working in a condominium complex in the central New Jersey town contacted PSE&G Tuesday morning after smelling gas. The explosion then occurred around 1 p.m. as the PSE&G workers were investigating the smell, NJ.com reported.

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Officials believe utility workers digging near the explosion site may have hit an "underground, 2-inch gas main or a smaller service line," which then sparked the blast, according to NJ.com. The contractors, from the New York-based Henkels & McCoy, were reportedly hired by PSE&G to fix an electrical problem in one of the Ewing Township homes in the complex.

"There were several employees in front of the dwelling," PSE&G's director of gas construction Mike Gaffney told reporters Tuesday night. "We have, I think it is right now, seven employees in the hospital, two with injuries and five there for observation."

Law enforcement officials also discovered the badly burned body of a woman on the hood of a car parked amid the wreckage, according to NJ.com. Her name is being withheld until her family is notified, the paper said.

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