Aerial photographs of the scene displayed on local online
media showed a raging fire and thick smoke, flattened houses and
debris blown into trees from the blast, which occurred about 1
p.m. EST in the township, about 10 miles north of Trenton.
The cause of the blast was unknown. A spokeswoman for utility
company PSE&G said workers had been called to the development
shortly before noon after a gas line was damaged.
Seven workers were injured, according to police. They worked for
the utility, the contractor or the township, police said.
The body of the victim was found some distance away from the
explosion, and it was not immediately clear if it was a worker
or resident, said Ewing Township Police Lieutenant Ron Lunetta
at a news briefing.
"Obviously, where it happened is devastated. It's really bad,"
Fifty-five units in the condominium development were damaged,
some very badly, Lunetta said.
(Reporting by Daniel Kelley; editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Barbara
Goldberg, Dan Grebler and Gunna Dickson)
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