6 injured, 31 displaced after Newark apartment explosion rocks building

Building managed by Newark Housing Authority

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Newark explosion reduces building to rubble, leaves six injured
Part of a two-story apartment building in Newark was reduced to rubble after an explosion. Johny Fernandez has the details.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Part of a two-story apartment building in Newark was reduced to rubble after an explosion left several people injured Friday evening.

The building, managed by the Newark Housing Authority, was all but destroyed about 6 p.m. Friday after an explosion rocked the building. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

The walls of the building were blown off, leaving a refrigerator and furniture on full display.

Valery Lasky and her son work at a nearby deli.

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"He said 'Ma, a building exploded.' I ran and looked and saw a guy climbing down the rubble. The owner of the store said there were people all over the ground," Lasky said.

Newark officials said six people were hurt. Five were taken to area hospitals. One woman suffered from serious burns.

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"I actually know the man who is in there. His name is Mario, and I just hope he is going to be OK," Lasky added.

The Red Cross is assisting at least 31 displaced families, including 28 adults and three children, as investigators try to pin down what happened.

"No, we don't have any information about where the explosion started, what unit it started from; this is an ongoing investigation," Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Frage said.