Authorities: Garbage Truck Explodes ‘Like A Missile,’ Damages NJ Homes

HAMILTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A garbage truck fueled by natural gas exploded “like a missile” in New Jersey on Tuesday, causing damage to four surrounding homes.

One of the truck’s four natural gas tanks blasted a hole in a nearby home and debris tore a hole in the roof of a neighboring home. Windows were broken and the siding melted on two other houses.

No one was injured in the blast, authorities said.

Police say the truck’s operators evacuated the vehicle when they saw smoke coming into the cab.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the fire and explosion.

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