12 Firefighters Hurt After Bug Bomb Explodes in Jersey City

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 9:06 AM EDT
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12 NJ Firefighters Hurt After Bug Bomb Explodes

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Authorities in Jersey City say 12 firefighters were hospitalized with respiratory problems after they responded to an explosion caused by a bug bomb.

But none of the injuries are believed to be serious, and all 12 should be released by Sunday night.

City Fire Director Armando Roman tells The Jersey Journal that the firefighters went to a Magnolia Avenue apartment around 10:20 a.m. Sunday after receiving calls about an explosion.

But no one was home at the time, so they forced their way inside and were soon overcome by fumes. The injured were taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.

No other injuries were reported.

Authorities say the cause of the explosion remains under investigation.
 

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