Explosions rattle several NJ communities

December 10, 2009 10:01:27 PM PST
Explosions rattled homes in several New Jersey communities on Thursday night. At least two blasts rocked the L and L Paving Company in Tinton Falls, and they could felt for miles.

The entire building is destroyed, blown apart by the powerful blast.

The propane explosion at the L and L Paving was so intense that it blew the building's roof into a distorted bubble, and sent debris flying into the woods nearby.

People who live as far as five miles away could feel their houses shaking.

Bruce Notte was sitting down to dinner when his house shook. He and his neighbors initially thought the explosion came from the nearby Earle Naval Weapons Station, but fire officials say the powerful explosion was from a 400 pound propane tank on a paving truck.

"Even a small propane tank on your grill can lift it off its foundation," said Tinton Falls Fire Marshal Cary Costa.

No one was injured. No one was at the company at the time.