Building repairs underway after propane tank explodes in Hackensack

Repairs are underway on the southern end of Main Street after a propane tank exploded in Hackensack Saturday.

According to Hackensack police, the accident occurred behind 73 Main Street when one of at least two propane tanks in shipping containers leaked. Investigators also say there was a refrigerator inside the shipping container, which ignited the propane flames.

Dozens of properties in the surrounding area sustained damage. The building closest to the explosion is now listed as structurally unsound. Residents and business owners affected by the blast must wait until engineers and city officials have deemed the buildings safe before they are allowed back in.

The Hackensack city manager says some of the properties which sustained only window damage may reopen as early as Monday once repairs are made.

Related link:Propane tank explosion forces closure of downtown Hackensack businesses

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