Stunning Dashcam Video Captures New Jersey Home As It 'Disintegrates'

Stunning Dashcam Video Captures New Jersey Home As It 'Disintegrates'

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Officials released dashcam video of a gas explosion that destroyed an Ocean County, New Jersey home and injured 15 people. (Published Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015)

Police released dashcam video of a gas explosion that leveled an Ocean County, New Jersey, home, injured 15 people, and shook homes in every direction Tuesday morning, including one of a young mother.

“My windows blew out of my house, and I dropped, and I covered my daughter, because she was next to me,” said Stafford Township resident Melissa Lewis. “I stood up, and I heard them screaming outside, and there were people being taken to the ambulance.”

Police received the initial call for an odor inspection in the Cedar Run neighborhood of the township near U.S. Route 9 around 8:55 a.m., about an hour and a half before the blast occurred, according to Stafford Twp. Police Captain Tom Dellane.

SkyForce10: Stafford Township Gas Explosion

[PHI] SkyForce10: Stafford Township Gas Explosion

A home was “disintegrated,” others damaged and five people hurt in major gas explosion in Stafford Township, New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Published Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015)

Officers, firefighters and emergency crews who were dispatched to the neighborhood, quickly confirmed a gas leak, called in the New Jersey Natural Gas Company and evacuated 75 nearby home.

Gas company employees were working on finding the source of the leak diagonally across from Lewis’ home on Oak Ave. when the blast occurred, completely destroying one home and damaging many others. Dashcam video from a Stafford Township police cruiser shows the blast as it happened as workers and firefighters were next to the house.

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“The house has been disintegrated,” said Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora.

Seven gas workers were injured in the explosion, said NJ Natural Gas Spokesperson Mike Kinney. One suffered extremely critical injuries and required CPR at the scene. That man and another gas worker were medivaced to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Unit, said Kinney. They are both in critical condition.

Six firefighters also suffered minor injuries, most experiencing concussion-like symptoms. They were transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center. All but one were treated and released, said Stafford Twp. Volunteer Fire Chief Jack Johnson

Two EMTs were also taken to Southern with minor injuries and have been released.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the scene, debris could be seen scattered all over the place as some trees in the area burned. Only the home’s foundation remained.

“I saw pieces of house floating all over my yard,” Lewis said. “The insulation was all over the place and you could see the ambulances and people running around and there were big flames coming from the house.”

Multiple Injuries in Ocean Co. House Explosion

[PHI] Multiple Injuries in Ocean Co. House Explosion

At least four people were injured, one critically, in a house explosion in Stafford Twp. that rocked an entire neighborhood. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg was live on the scene (Published Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015)

The blast could be felt up to one mile away, said officials.

Gas and electricity to nearly 300 homes were turned off and police urged people to avoid the area.

“We’re working on a plan to restore that service, but that plan will take time,” said Kinney.

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How much time is unknown.

Spodofora urged residents who smelled gas in their homes to open all their windows, report it to police and leave the area immediately.

“The gas is kind of hanging in there,” said Spodofora.

The Marlton Area Office of OSHA headed to the scene Tuesday to investigate exactly what caused the blast.

Published at 10:46 AM EST on Feb 24, 2015

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