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Explosion in Barnegat update

An explosion that rocked Barnegat Township late in the morning of October 13th just after 1:30 am has been ruled as a naturally occurring chemical process.

The Barnegat Police Department received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of Village Drive, Barnegat that night.

“Arriving Officers found a cloud of smoke emanating from the remnants of a rubber trash can located curbside between 81 Village drive and 82 Windward Drive with a debris field contained within 10 yards of the area of origin,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement today. “The explosion caused no injuries or damage to surrounding homes and vehicles.”

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Today, a  follow up report regarding the investigation from Shoshanna Hayesaha, a post blast expert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was received by local officials investigating the explosion.

“Special Agent Hayesaha advised that the explosion was organic, and not caused from any man made materials,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.  “The report could not rule out decomposed organics from the mulch, sticks, and other debris within the trash can forming an endothermic reaction resulting in the production of heat as the cause.”

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