Video Captures New Jersey Home Explosion
Details of the New Jersey Gas Explosion
Police say that neighbors in Stafford Township complained that they smelled an egg-like odor coming from the house, before the explosion.
The house was being renovated when police, and firemen had to ask people to evacuate the home and about 100 nearby homes.
People were evacuated about 50 feet away from the home when it exploded. At least 15 people were injured in the explosion. Five of the injured people were Natural Gas employees.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.
About Gas Explosions
- Gas explosions begin with a gas leak. As the leaked gas mixes with common chemicals such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, it becomes volatile.
- Once reaching a critical ration between the Low Explosion Limit and High Explosion Limit, the mixture becomes ignitable.
- Common causes for gas leaks include:
- Faulty piping
- Poorly maintained piping
- Damaged meters and regulators
- Defective control valves and connectors
- Digging near an existing pipeline.