Bug Bomb Explosion Sends 12 Firefighters To Hospital In Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities in Jersey City say 12 firefighters were hospitalized with respiratory problems after they responded to an explosion caused by a bug bomb.

None of the injuries is believed to be serious, and all 12 should be released by Sunday night.

City Fire Director Armando Roman tells The Jersey Journal that the firefighters went to a Magnolia Avenue apartment around 10:20 a.m. Sunday after receiving calls about an explosion.

No one was home at the time, so they forced their way inside and were soon overcome by fumes. The injured were taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.

No other injuries were reported.

Authorities say the cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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One Comment

  1. miahmdparash says:

    it’s a nice article also extreme video.


  2. bullett says:

    Dispatching 12 men into and unknown situation was a risky call. We were taught in the military to send in a three or four man exploratory team to investigate and report back.
    A question I have but not mentioned in this news report if any of the fire fighters had respirators active prior to entering and unoccupied apartment? If not, why? In my opinion, bad call by the senior officer on the scene.
    As for the super or exterminator who planted the bug bomb, they should have also placed a placard and/or notice on the exterior door to the apartment in question; another bad call.

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