ATF: Trash can explosion outside Barnegat home in October was ‘organic’

Authorities say a trash can explosion in Barnegat last year was organic.



The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday issued a report which found the Barnegat blast was not caused by any man-made materials. 



The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says the report could not rule out decomposed organics from mulch, sticks and other debris in the can forming an "endothermic reaction resulting in the production of heat as the cause."



Police found a cloud of smoke coming from the remains of a rubber trash can on a street with debris scattered about 10 yards away on Oct. 13. Neighbors told News 12 New Jersey at the time that the explosion was lough enough to wake them.



No one was injured and there was no damage to surrounding homes or vehicles.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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