MONTCLAIR, NJ - Police and utility officials are currently investigating the cause of several explosions along on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair and Verona. This evening, Montclair officials report that a few manhole covers have exploded. As a result, roads are closed between Claremont and Bloomfield Ave and North Mountain Avenue and Pompton Avenue.
Mayor Robert Jackson announced the incident during tonight's council meeting and stated that Deputy Mayor Robert Russo was "...on the scene."
Township of Montclair officials released the following statement:
"AVOID BLOOMFIELD AVE. AND CLAREMONT AVE. BETWEEN NORTH MOUNTAIN AVE. AND POMPTON AVE.
On March 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm, Montclair Police received a report of numerous manholes exploding on Claremont Avenue between North Mountain Avenue and the Verona border. As a result of this incident there is a sinkhole on Bloomfield Avenue at the intersection of Sunset Avenue in Verona.
The following streets are closed in both directions:
Bloomfield Avenue is closed at the intersection of Pompton Avenue, Verona, to the intersection of South Mountain Avenue (Montclair).
Claremont Avenue is closed from North Mountain Avenue to the Verona border.
At this time there are no reported injuries or power outages. Both PSE&G and the Montclair and Verona Fire Departments are on scene investigating the cause of the explosion."
Update: PSE&G crews are onsite working late into the evening to determine the cause of the blasts.
Erica Jordan, Communications Consultant with PSE&G stated, "We have both gas and electric crews on site at Bloomfield Avenue and are investigating what caused the manhole covers to pop off. There are no electric or gas outages as a result nor are there any injuries. We will remain on site until we determine the cause."