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The blast erases the house of N.J.



An explosion on Tuesday night destroyed a home in Sussex County, damaged the Wallkill Valley Regional High School and could be felt by residents for several kilometers, officials said.

Hardyston's home was a total loss, but no one was home at that time and no injuries were reported as a result of the blast, officials said.

The explosion and a fire occurred shortly after 23 hours. on Grumm Road, across from Wallkill Valley Regional, according to the Hardyston Volunteer Fire Department.

Wallkill High School will be closed Wednesday due to damage.

The explosion was heard for miles and shook the surrounding towns.

"The noise was like something was falling from the sky, our house was shaking," Betsy Knicos Fallon wrote on Facebook.

The Jefferson Chronicle reported that the blast could be felt from Sussex County to Totowa in Passaic County. The publication quotes two 100-pound propane tanks leaking as the cause of the blast.

ABC7ny.com reported that residents of nearby towns called 911 had reported an earthquake.

The cause of the explosion was not revealed by the authorities. The fire department reported that Hardyston units and surrounding towns had finished working on the scene at 2am.

Grumm Road will be closed indefinitely, authorities said.

Anthony G. Attrino can be contacted at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @ TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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