Gallery: Explosion significantly damages Seaside Heights house

    Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion that damaged a Seaside Heights house shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. 

    NBC New York reports that the explosion occurred when maintenance work was being done in the first floor apartment of the two-story house at 223 Sumner Avenue.

    “It was the house right across from us,” said Leah Mae, who commented on the JSHN Facebook page. “I woke up to the explosion. It was so scary.”

    A 26-year-old woman inside the second floor apartment at the time of the blast was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for evaluation, according to media reports. 

    A prelimimary investigation found that the cause is linked to a natural gas leak emanating from inside the structure, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. 

    Photos obtained from a JSHN source indicate significant damage to both the interior and exterior of the structure as well as scattered debris outside. 

    Firefighters from Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Ocean Beach, Lavallette, and Toms River responded. 

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