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March 30 explosion in Bayonne injures 5 [Developing Story]

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
BAYONNE, NJ (WABC) - Officials responded to an explosion Wednesday in Bayonne that left five people hurt.

According to the Bayonne Police Department, the explosion occurred at 9 a.m. at East 40th Street and Chosin Few Way.

There were contractors working for PSE&G there installing a new gas line at the time, police said. The new gas line was being tested with pressurized air when the line failed, causing the reported explosion. No gas was in the line at the time.

Three people at the site were injured. Two were taken to Jersey City Medical Center with serious injuries; one is critical and the other is stable, but under close observation. A third was taken to the Bayonne Medical Center for minor injuries.

Two Bayonne officers, who were at the site at the time of the explosion, were treated at the Bayonne Medical Center as a precaution.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The Bayonne Fire Department and PSE&G also responded. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be responding.

PSE&G confirmed in a statement that the "contractors were testing the main with air, which is standard practice, when the incident occurred. There was no natural gas flowing through the main at the time of the incident and the cause is under investigation."

 

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