Gas Leak Blamed For House Explosion In Trenton, New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A house exploded in Trenton, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, and a natural gas leak was believed to be to blame.

Around 3:13 p.m., police were called out for reports of an explosion on Wayne Avenue in Trenton, CBS Philadelphia reported.

Fire officials determined that the cause was a natural gas leak, CBS Philadelphia reported, PSE&G said gas was shut off to the homes at 46 and 48 Wayne Ave. in Trenton.

It appeared that two house sustained damage and authorities confirmed there was a partial building collapse, CBS Philadelphia reported.

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Authorities said two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Crews remained on the scene to assess the damage late Wednesday afternoon, CBS Philadelphia reported.

The Trenton explosion came a day after an explosion destroyed two homes and forced the demolition of a third in Paterson, New Jersey. A gas leak was also believed to be to blame in that incident on Tuesday morning.

Everyone survived the Paterson blast, as firefighters conducted a “rapid evacuation” due to the sound and smell of gas.

But the blast reduced the homes at 16 Goshen St. and 18 Goshen St. to rubble, and sent debris flying onto the rooftops of nearby homes and across the street.


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