April 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - An explosion to a water line occurred on Snyder Avenue on Saturday at a construction site while the line was being air tested.
The force of the explosion sent asphalt chunks 20 feet in the air, landing as far as the play ground at Snyder Avenue Park. According to Police Chief Michael Mathis, there were no pedestrians at the park at the time of the explosion.
The large chunks of flying asphalt demolished a police car that was at the construction site for traffic control.
Two police officers were brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries, transported by the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad.
"After witnessing the debris and the severity of the force of the explosion, it is a miracle the police officers are alive," said Chief Mathis.
Berkeley Heights Fire Department was on scene to check for damage to other pipelines, gas and water, in the area. OSHA was called to scene. An investigation is ongoing and Snyder Avenue will remain closed from Springfield Avenue to Hamilton Avenue.
Chief Mathis anticipates the road to reopen later tonight. Local traffic allowed to Snyder Avenue Park.
The Alternative Press will update as additional information becomes available.