Fifteen people were injured in the blast, two critically

By Alex Heigl
Updated February 25, 2015 03:50 PM

A gas explosion in Stafford, New Jersey, was captured on a police dashcam Tuesday. The explosion injured 15 people, two critically, when it completely destroyed a single-family residential home.

The structure had been under renovation, and no one was home when it exploded at roughly 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The explosion could be heard up to 10 miles away, and windows in the surrounding homes were blown out by the force of the blast.

Two gas workers with life-threatening injuries were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic County, according to reports, while eight others with minor injuries were taken to the local medical center, treated and released.

Stafford Township Police Capt. Thomas Dellane told the Asbury Park Press that the cause of the explosion is unknown, though it is being investigated by state law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He said police had received a call shortly before 9 a.m. that morning describing a strong gas odor in the neighborhood.

“[New Jersey Natural Gas workers] were in the process of identifying a leak … where the source was” when the explosion occurred, New Jersey Natural Gas spokesman Michael Kinney told APP. Seventy-five homes in the area were evacuated prior to the explosion.

Neighborhood resident Diane Giberson-Guiendon was away from home at the time and told APP her husband explained to her what had happened.

“They thought it was an airplane that crashed,” she said.