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New Jersey house explodes into pieces, killing one and injuring another

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A home on a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey exploded into pieces Thursday evening, killing one man, injuring a second and forcing an evacuation of the neighborhood, officials said.

Shocking images show the Middlesex County home nearly blown to pieces, debris littering the street and adjacent yards as a small fire sent smoke billowing into the air.

The explosion occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at a home on Continental Court in South River, police said.

First responders arrived and found two men with serious injuries, police said.

The explosion occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at a home on Continental Court in South River, police said. CBS News

One of the victims, 62-year-old Kevin Gilbert, died at the scene shortly after emergency responders arrived, while the second man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, according to police.

According to MyCentralJersey.com, the explosion also damaged nearby homes.

South River police issued a public warning asking community members to avoid the area around Continental Court, Heritage Drive and the lower end of Leonardine Avenue.

Police said there was no danger to the public and officers were keeping the area clear for emergency vehicles and responders.

Explosion in a house in New Jersey
First responders arrived and found two men with serious injuries, police said. CBS News

A CBS News helicopter showed parts of the house scattered in all directions after the explosion. An overturned basketball hoop was among the rubble.

According to the news channel, teams are working to excavate some of the rubble to gain access to the gas lines. All gas lines in the neighborhood were shut off.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion, police said.

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