Workers restoring heat after gas explosion in NJ

Utility workers are restoring service to a New Jersey neighborhood after a natural gas explosion destroyed a home and injured 15 people, including two critically.

New Jersey Natural Gas employees have been going door-to-door to about 300 homes in the Oak Avenue and Cedar Run section of Stafford Township, where residents spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning without heat with temperatures in the teens.

Gas crews and emergency responders were investigating a strong smell of natural gas on Tuesday when an unoccupied home that was undergoing renovations exploded.

A police car’s dashboard camera recorded a fireball followed by a downpour of debris.

Seven gas company workers were injured, including two critically, along with six firefighters and two emergency medical service technicians who sustained concussion-like injuries.

Debris litters the neighborhood.

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