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.

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.

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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