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No criminal charges in explosion, Ewing mayor says

Ewing resident Josh Forst took this photo minutes after an explosion rocked the Heritage Crossings development.
Ewing resident Josh Forst took this photo minutes after an explosion rocked the Heritage Crossings development.

EWING, N.J. No criminal charges will be filed in an explosion Tuesday that killed a woman in a townhouse complex in this Mercer County community, the mayor said Friday.

Mayor Bert Steinmann, reached on Friday, said officials were still looking through 911 recordings to determine who called first about the gas leak: Residents, PSE&G, or Henkels & McCoy, a contractor used by PSE&G whose work crew hit a gas line at the South Fork complex. "I would hope it would have been from either one of the contractors or PSE&G," Steinmann said of the initial 911 call.

PSE&G crews responded around noon Tuesday, shortly after the gas line was struck, but it's unclear whether they called 911 in the nearly 50 minutes they were on the scene before the blast.

A total of 55 units were damaged, with at least 20 rendered uninhabitable. The body of resident Linda Cerritelli, 62, was found on the hood of a car.

Steinmann said he expects officials to finish examining the 911 calls by Wednesday.

- Michael Boren

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