Report: Gas leak causes 8 houses to explode in New Jersey

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:15 EDT
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A gas main explosion in New Jersey that reportedly leveled 8 homes.
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Dozens of smaller fires were burning out of control Wednesday morning in Mantoloking, New Jersey following a gas main rupture that reportedly blew up a number of houses.

Authorities are not responding to the fire because the community is currently inaccessible by vehicle due to sand deposits on the road and a nearby bridge having been cut off during the storm, according to WABC-TV.

The coastal town was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but the disaster continued Wednesday morning even after the rain cleared as “basically, about eight homes ended up exploding because of this gas main rupture,” a helicopter reporter for WPIX-TV explained.

Though shocking, house explosions are nothing new. A Connecticut man died in August while trying to help a homeowner fix a propane leak. The resulting blast, WABC-TV said, “leveled” the two-story structure.

Even more recently, in an event that shocked the residents of Westville, New Jersey, a vacant house that had sat empty for more than two years was suddenly and completely demolished in September. A natural gas leak was blamed.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the largest-ever storm to hit the U.S. mainland, electric service to 8.2 million people was still off by Wednesday. U.S. officials said the storm’s inclement effects killed at least 46 people.

This video is from WPIX-TV in New Jersey, broadcast Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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