Explosion in South River, NJ Kills One Person: Investigation Underway

South River, New Jersey – A tragic explosion in a central New Jersey neighborhood resulted in one fatality and another person sustaining serious injuries on Thursday evening. The incident occurred in South River shortly after 7 p.m., causing significant damage to surrounding homes, according to authorities.

Kevin Gilbert, 62, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene, as reported by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and South River Police Chief Mark Tinitigan. Another individual was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for treatment for their injuries.

The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, stated South River Mayor Peter Guindi. Describing the scene as horrific, Guindi mentioned the widespread destruction, with windows shattered in nearby homes and garage doors pushed in. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, all surrounding houses were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Images from the scene depict the severe devastation with debris scattered across the suburban cul-de-sac. Fortunately, fire officials confirmed that neighbors were successfully evacuated from the area, averting any further harm.

This tragic event marks the second explosion in Middlesex County within two days. A separate incident on the previous day in Old Bridge resulted in the death of a 73-year-old woman and injuries to four others following an explosion at a commercial building. Preliminary investigations suggest that foul play is not suspected, but the cause of the explosion remains under scrutiny.

The authorities continue to investigate both incidents, urging the community to remain vigilant. As the situation unfolds, more details are expected to emerge.