A house has exploded in Paterson, New Jersey, damaging at least two others, according to reports.
Officials are investigating a gas leak in the area, the New York Daily News reported on Oct.4.
ABC7 reported that at least two more homes were damaged.
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Paterson City Councilman Andre Sayegh confirmed to the Daily News that no one was hurt. “Above everything, no one was hurt,” he said. Sayegh said a homeowner called officials to report the smell of gas.
“It sounded like a bomb,” Alberto Volpe, a resident who lives nearby, told local paper the Record. “We thought it was a terrorist attack.”
The incident took place at Goshen Street in Paterson at around 9:25 a.m. local time.
“There was a very gassy smell,” said Laura, a woman who works nearby. “I walked out and saw a whole bunch of people running.”
Ahmad Hasan, 18, who lives on a nearby street, was woken up by the explosion.
“I thought I was in a dream,” he said. “I went out and all I saw was dust and smoke. It smelled like gas.”
Firefighters, law enforcement, and PSE&G officials are on the scene.
“God forbid someone was in there,” Hasan added. “It was crazy.”