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At least 1 dead and 1 injured in house explosion in New Jersey. Watch the video of the scene.

SOUTH RIVER, NJ – At least one person was killed and another injured in a house explosion in New Jersey on Thursday evening.

It happened shortly after 7 p.m. at a home on Continental Court in South River, Middlesex County.

When the rescue workers arrived on site, they found two seriously injured victims, according to officials.

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, 62-year-old Kevin Gilbert succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment.

CBS New York was initially told that two people had been killed.

The cause of the explosion is currently unknown.

Chopper 2 over the scene of a deadly house explosion in New Jersey


The video shows the aftermath of an apparent house explosion in New Jersey

Video above the scene shows the house being leveled and debris being thrown in all directions. Parts of the house could also be seen in the backyards of neighboring houses. It is not clear whether any of these neighboring homes were damaged.

South River Mayor Peter Guindi told CBS New York that all gas lines in the neighborhood were shut off and neighbors were evacuated.

An excavation team was called in to clear debris from the explosion and access the gas lines. PSE&G New Jersey says it is investigating and cooperating with local authorities.

There are several road closures in the area surrounding the house.

Neighbors thought the New Jersey house explosion was another earthquake

The explosion was so powerful that the neighbors could feel it from afar. They say it shook items in their homes and rattled windows. Some thoughts it was another earthquake.

“It was a terrible sight to see a completely flat house. All the houses around, the neighbors with blown out windows, cars and garage doors were pushed in,” said Guindi.

“It was so strong that the house actually shook. I really thought there was going to be another earthquake,” said a neighbor.

“Suddenly, boom. I mean, boom, boom. The whole house thought something had fallen on the house. We really did,” another neighbor said.

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