Bug-spray filled home explodes, cockroaches survive

(Courtesy of Asbury Park Fire Department)

(Courtesy of Asbury Park Fire Department)

A roach-infested apartment exploded in New Jersey after fumes from bug-killing spray built up and combusted, sending two adults and a young child to the hospital.

A spokesman for the Asbury Park fire department tells the Asbury Park Press the explosion happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday after an occupant was spraying insecticide, got a headache and opened a window.

Garrett Giberson said the oxygen from outside combined with the fumes and a stove’s pilot light to cause the explosion.

The blast blew out the first-floor apartment’s windows, bent the front door and damaged the kitchen.

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He said the two adults and child are lucky they weren’t seriously injured.

Giberson said the home was still crawling with cockroaches when he arrived.

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