Two Union Township homes leveled after gas line ruptures

Two homes in Union Township were leveled early Sunday morning after a gas line ruptured.

The explosion occurred on Lehigh Avenue between Gallopping Hill Road and Morris Avenue. Ashes and twisted metal is all that remains of the two homes. Fire officials say they don?t know yet what led to the explosion, but they do know there was initially a fire.

Officials also say the residents inside one of the homes smelled gas and opened a couple of windows in the home and came outside. After a small explosion, firefighters rushed to the neighboring home to search for anyone inside. Firefighters cleared the home before the larger explosion occurred.

The explosion rocked several homes along the block and shattered windows on two neighboring homes. An investigation by Elizabethtown Gas and fire officials is ongoing.

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