New Jersey gas leak explosion: How common are such explosions in homes?

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

On early Tuesday morning, a smell of natural gas in the air (and authorities directing them to evacuate) alarmed some residents in Patterson, N.J….

Expert quote:

“When it [natural gas] is in a confined space such as a basement or manhole and fills up to a level of 4 percent, all you need is a spark [for it to explode.]”

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