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New Jersey residential gas explosion kills one, injures 10

05 March 2014

One person has died and seven were injured on March 4 after a suspected gas explosion damaged dozens of houses in Ewing Township, New Jersey, according to local authorities.
Shortly before noon, Public Service Electric & Gas workers were called to examine a gas line that may have been accidentally damaged by one of the company’s contractors, according to Mike Gaffney, director of gas construction at PSE&G.

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The explosion took place nearly an hour later when the PSE&G workers were attempting to repair the line, officials said. It blew out windows, caused several fires and threw debris around the housing development.

Fifty-five of the houses  were damaged and ten completely destroyed as a result of the explosion and resulting fires. An unidentified resident was later found dead and the wounded, all utility workers, have injuries that are not life-threatening, according to the hospital in which they are being treated.

Though the damage to the pipeline caused a gas leak that could have led to the explosion, the pipeline itself did not explode, a spokesman for the utility said.

Ewing Township  is a suburb of Trenton.

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