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Probe begins of N.J. blast that killed 1, injured 7

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    Firefighters work at the scene after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday in Ewing, N.J.

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    In this image provided by Josh Forst, flames and smoke shoot up after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday.

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In this image provided by Josh Forst, flames and smoke shoot up after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday.

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EWING, N.J.  — Authorities still don’t know what triggered a gas leak and explosion that devastated a town house development in New Jersey, killing one woman and injuring seven workers.

Officials in Ewing Township, a Trenton suburb, said today that about 20 homes are uninhabitable.

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Firefighters work at the scene after an explosion at a townhouse complex Tuesday in Ewing, N.J.

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Mayor Bert Steinmann says the gas line was marked out in the area where a contractor was working Tuesday. Officials don’t know what went wrong.

An autopsy is underway on the body of the woman who was discovered on a car near the site of the explosion. They will not release her name until positive identification is made.

Public Service Electric & Gas, who hired the contractor, issued a statement saying it would not comment further until the investigation is complete.

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