Durham Woods apartments in Edison marks 20 years since gas pipeline blast

John Seaton, a resident of the complex, says he thought a nuclear blast had occurred on March 23, 1994. He grabbed his camcorder and began to film a large fireball that had just erupted toward the Durham Woods entrance. (3/23/14)

EDISON - Sunday marked 20 years since a gas pipeline explosion at the Durham Woods apartments in Edison left many out in the cold.

John Seaton, a resident of the complex, says he thought a nuclear blast had occurred on March 23, 1994. He grabbed his camcorder and began to film a large fireball that had just erupted toward the Durham Woods entrance. The tape shows his neighbors fleeing their apartments and congregating in a wooded area.

"It could have been a lot worse if it was closer to actual buildings. People had enough time to react and get out,” Seaton told News 12.

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One person died during the incident after being evacuated due to a heart attack.

Many apartments and cars were damaged during the blast. The affected units were eventually rebuilt.

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