HARDYSTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – An explosion leveled a home overnight in New Jersey.
It happened around 11 p.m. on Grumm Road in Hardyston.
No one was home at the time and no one was injured, but a neighboring house and nearby school were also damaged.
Residents said they could feel the massive blast from miles away.
“I was just sitting in my house and all of a sudden, I felt my whole house shake,” neighbor Jake Andriola said. “At first thought it was an earthquake, and then I thought it was too sudden to be an earthquake. It was just like a sudden jolt, just kind of caught everybody off guard.”
“I honestly thought that my basement exploded. I jumped off the couch, I threw my dog in his crate and I ran outside with no shoes and coat on, because then my next thought was one of the neighbors’ houses is on fire,” said neighbor Paige Toriello, who lives almost two miles away.
The explosion sent debris flying into the air.
“It was snowing fiberglass here,” Toriello added. “We went out to the end of the road to see if it was something down that way, we thought maybe there was a car accident or something, and it was just flying everywhere.”
Fire officials said the two-story home is now a total loss.
The house next door also had damage to its windows.
Wallkill Valley Regional High School across the street sustained some structural damage, so classes were canceled Wednesday.
The cause of the blast is under investigation. Authorities said it did not appear to be suspicious.