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The gas explosion that left a man in critical condition today was not caused by the utility’s infrastructure, according to a company spokesman.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - The gas explosion that left a man in critical condition today was not caused by the utility’s infrastructure, according to a company spokesman.

New Jersey Natural Gas workers arrived around 2:25 a.m. and turned off the gas to the bungalow-style structure on Cooks Lane that was on fire behind the primary residence, company spokesman Michael Kinney said. The company took leak surveys and pressure tests, which showed no damage to the gas lines.

“It was not with New Jersey Natural Gas’ infrastructure, it was with the customer’s facility, whether that be equipment inside the structure or the service that goes from the meter into that bungalow,” he said.

Authorities have not released the victim’s name, but a law enforcement source identified him as Kurt Wagner.

Wagner was listed in critical but stable condition and was in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, according to Samantha Anton, a spokeswoman for

The explosion, at a house on Cooks Lane, is the second explosion from a natural gas leak at a house in Ocean County in the past two weeks, prompting authorities to caution residents about the dangers of leaks.

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Due to inclement weather, schools throughout Ocean County announced that they would have delayed openings on Monday, March 2.

Due to inclement weather, schools throughout Ocean County announced that they would have delayed openings on Monday, March 2.

Barnegat Township - Two-hour delayed opening

Berkeley Township - Two-hour delayed opening

Brick Township - 90-minute delayed opening

Central Regional - One-hour delay

Donovan Catholic - 90-minute delayed opening

Eaglewood Township - Delayed opening

Jackson Township - Two-hour delayed opening

Lacey Township - Delayed opening

Lakehurst - Two-hour delayed opening

Lakewood - 90-minute delayed opening

Little Egg Harbor - Two-hour delayed opening

Manchester Township - 90-minute delayed opening

Ocean County College - Noon opening

Ocean Co. Vocational Schools - 90-minute delayed opening

Pinelands Regional - Two-hour delayed opening

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — A man was rescued from the frigid waters of Barnegat Bay in Berkeley Township after his iceboat broke through a soft spot in the ice, police and fire officials said Saturday.

The victim was sailing a one-person iceboat on the…

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — A man was rescued from the frigid waters of Barnegat Bay in Berkeley Township after his iceboat broke through a soft spot in the ice, police and fire officials said Saturday.

The victim was sailing a one-person iceboat on the…

Lee “Skip” D’Arcangelo, 63, died from smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in his Bonita Road home early Tuesday morning, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police lightsAuthorities have identified the man killed in a Waretown house fire.File Photo

OCEAN —Authorities have identified the man killed in a Waretown house fire as the owner of the home.

Lee “Skip” D’Arcangelo, 63, died from smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in his Bonita Road home early Tuesday morning in the town’s Waretown section, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The fire started in the area of the kitchen, Della Fave said. He noted that the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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As details become clearer about the minutes before and after Tuesday’s explosion, the state Board of Public Utilities and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they are also stepping into the investigation.

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP —Tales of heroism among chaos in the harrowing moments following a massive natural gas explosion in Stafford Township are starting to emerge as state and federal regulatory agencies join the investigation into the blast that injured 15 people and obliterated a house.

As details become clearer about the minutes before and after Tuesday’s explosion, the state Board of Public Utilities and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they are also stepping into the investigation.

It’s an incident that volunteer firefighter George Yockachonis – on the job for only two years – said he hopes he’ll never experience again.

“It’s hard to describe what it was like to go though this,” said Yockachonis, who joined the Stafford Fire Department two years ago after helping with emergencies during Hurricane Sa

The Army Corps has twice delayed awarding a contract for the $35 million project for Longport, Margate and Ventnor in Atlantic County while Margate has challenged the state’s taking of easements on its beaches for the work to start. But now it’s too much of a risk to award a contract while court battles continue, the corps said.

MARGATE — A beach replenishment project for Margate and two surrounding towns has been scrapped for now after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, delayed by legal wrangling, cancelled its bidding process.

The Army Corps has twice delayed awarding a contract for the $35 million project for Longport, Margate and Ventnor in Atlantic County while Margate has challenged the state’s taking of easements on its beaches for the work to start. But now it’s too much of a risk to award a contract while court battles continue, the corps said.

The most recent date for the bid opening was set for Feb. 25, but the Army Corps decided a day earlier to cancel the bid process, said Steve Rochette, spokesman for the Army Corps’ Philadelphia district.

“We notified the bidders that we are canceling the solicitation. Legal chall

Stafford police released the names today of the emergency responders and gas company workers who were injured during an explosion that decimated an Oak Avenue house.

STAFFORD – Police released the names today of t…

The explosion that blew a Stafford house to pieces on Tuesday originated in the basement of the structure and was deemed accidental, authorities said.

STAFFORD — The explosion that blew a house to pieces Tues…

Gas service was being restored to homes in the area of where a Stafford Township home exploded on Tuesday.

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP – Gas service is being restored this morning to homes in the …

The video, captured by the in-car camera of a Stafford Township police vehicle, shows calm on Oak Avenue before a vacant house explodes into pieces.

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Stafford T…

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