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About a dozen missing in ‘devastating’ blast in Jersey

A gas explosion has ripped through a shopping district in the US state of New Jersey, leaving about a dozen people missing, authorities say.

The blast on Thursday afternoon levelled several buildings in the seaside town of Bayonne.

Dozens of people were injured, some of them seriously.

The explosion happened near a ShopRite supermarket and a school.

The cause of the blast is not known but investigators are looking into whether a gas leak may have been to blame.

Bayonne Mayor James Davis said the explosion was “devastating” and that the area was being evacuated.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” he said.

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management said it had deployed a search-and-rescue team to the scene.

The blast comes just days after a series of explosions and fires in several US cities, including New York and Philadelphia.
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Police investigated whether those were caused by explosive devices.

About a dozen people are missing in the wake of a devastating blast that ripped through a Jersey City neighborhood late Monday morning, leveling buildings and leaving behind a scene of utter destruction, authorities said.

The explosion occurred around 11:30 a.m. at a three-story building on Montgomery Street between Cornelia and Halladay streets in the Greenville section of the city, officials said.

The blast was so powerful that it shook homes and businesses for blocks around, shattered windows and sent debris flying into the street.

“It was a big explosion,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “The devastation is significant.”

“This is a tragedy of the worst kind,” Fulop said. “This was a deliberate attempt to destroy our city.”

Fulop said authorities believe the blast was an “intentional act” and that they are investigating it as a possible act of terrorism.

At least one person is confirmed dead in the blast, and Fulop said several others are still unaccounted for.

The mayor said the explosion appears to have originated in a car that was parked in front of the building. He said the car may have been filled with explosives.

The blast blew the facade off the building and sent debris flying into the street. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The blast caused extensive damage to the building and surrounding homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The damage was so severe that authorities were initially having difficulty determining how many people were inside the building at the time of the explosion.

“This is a devastating scene,” Fulop said.

The mayor said the city’s fire chief told him that the blast was the worst he had ever seen.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” Fulop said.

The mayor said the blast is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Fulop said the city is working with the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate the blast.

The mayor said the city is “on high alert” and is beefing up security at all of its facilities.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

A massive explosion rocked the historic downtown area of ​​Jersey City on Tuesday, leveled a building and left about a dozen people unaccounted for, authorities said.

The blast, which happened around 1 p.m. at a building on Montgomery Street and O’Connor Drive, also started a fire that quickly engulfed an entire block, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop tweeted.

“This is a devastating situation for Jersey City. We are still receiving information and we will provide updates as we have them,” Fulop tweeted.

Fulop said the fire was brought under control and that the cause of the explosion was under investigation.

At least three people were confirmed dead in the explosion and fire, Fulop said.

The building that was destroyed appeared to be a multi-unit residential building, and it was not immediately clear how many people were inside at the time of the explosion.

The blast was felt for blocks around the scene and sent a plume of smoke billowing into the air that could be seen for miles.

The explosion left a scene of destruction, with debris strewn across the street and buildings damaged. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The explosion was so powerful that it blew the facade off the building and sent debris flying into the street.

The damage was so severe that authorities were initially having difficulty determining how many people were inside the building at the time of the explosion.

“This is a devastating scene,” Fulop said.

The mayor said the city’s fire chief told him that the blast was the worst he had ever seen.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” Fulop said.

Fulop said the blast is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Fulop said the city is working with the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate the blast.

The mayor said the city is “on high alert” and is beefing up security at all of its facilities.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

About a dozen people are still missing after an explosion ripped through a neighborhood in Jersey City on Thursday morning, officials said.

The blast occurred around 9:30 a.m. at a three-story building on Montgomery Street, between Jersey Avenue and Manhattan Avenue, officials said.

The building, which housed a medical office on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors, was destroyed, officials said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

Search and rescue crews are still working to locate the missing people, who are believed to be trapped in the rubble, officials said.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but officials said it does not appear to be suspicious.

About a dozen people are still missing after a “devastating” explosion ripped through a historic district in Jersey City on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The blast occurred just after 1 p.m. at a building on Montgomery Street, between Bay and Greene streets in the Paulus Hook neighborhood. Fire officials said the explosion appear to have originated on the first floor of the building and quickly spread to the second and third floors.

“It was a devastating explosion,” Fire Chief StevenBC said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “The front of the building is completely gone.”

BC said that as of 4 p.m., 12 people were still unaccounted for. He said that five people had been transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, and that one person was in critical condition.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but BC said that it does not appear to be suspicious.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

A massive blast ripped through a Jersey City neighborhood late Monday, leaving at least a dozen people missing and dozens of others injured, officials said.

The explosion happened around 11:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Barclay Street and Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop tweeted.

“We have a massive fire right now under control in Jersey City,” Fulop said. “It is a devastating scene and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”

Fulop said the fire was brought under control around 1 a.m. local time Tuesday.

Authorities have not released any information about what caused the explosion.

The area is home to a number of businesses, including a grocery store, a pharmacy and a liquor store.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

A dozen people are missing and presumed dead after a massive explosion at a chemical plant in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, officials said.

The blast at the plant, located in the town of Elkton, caused a large fire that burned for hours, authorities said. Dozens of people were treated for injuries, and several homes and businesses were destroyed in the blast.

“This is a tragic day for our state,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference. “Our hearts are broken for the families who have lost loved ones and for those who are still searching for answers.”

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

A ‘devastating’ blast in Jersey has left about a dozen people missing, authorities said.

The blast occurred around 9:30 p.m. local time in the St. Helier area of the island, the Jersey Evening Post reported.

A Police Press and Public Information Officer told the newspaper that “a lot of people are unaccounted for” and that the scene was “devastating.”

The newspaper also reported that two buildings had collapsed in the blast.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

A devastating blast has ripped through a residential area in Jersey City, New Jersey, leaving at least a dozen people missing.

The explosion occurred at around 10:30am local time on Tuesday, leveling a three-story building and causing extensive damage to nearby homes and businesses.

Rescue workers are currently combing through the debris in search of survivors. So far, one person has been confirmed dead and several others have been injured.

The cause of the blast is not yet known, but authorities are investigating whether it was caused by a gas leak.

This is a developing story and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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