New Jersey home explodes after gas smell; injuries unclear


PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey home has exploded shortly after neighbors reported the smell of gas.

It’s not yet clear if anyone was injured in the 10 a.m. Tuesday blast in Paterson.

Witnesses reported smelling gas shortly before the blast. One man said he saw the people who live in the home departing the residence before the explosion.

A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the utility was working to determine what had happened and could not immediately comment on the matter.

Homes and businesses on several nearby blocks were evacuated as a precaution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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