EDISON, N.J. - A gas explosion leveled an office building yesterday, just as utility crews were evacuating the area.
A motorist alerted authorities to a roadway collapse and the odor of gas in Edison early in the morning, police said.
Utility crews were investigating the source of the odor and were evacuating more than 50 homes and businesses when the explosion occurred shortly after 4:30 a.m., about an hour after officials were notified.
There were no reports of injuries. The building, a house that was used as a lawyer’s office, was destroyed.
About 20 residents of the central New Jersey town took shelter at a nearby senior citizens center. Police said some residents later returned to their homes.
A spokeswoman for the utility said repairs to the gas main were continuing.