- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Bloomfield Avenue was opened as of 11:25pm; Claremont Avenue between Valley Road and Noth Mountain Avenue remains closed.
PSEG arrived by about 6:15pm to take meter readings at every manhole in the area. Additionally, gas measurements were taken at area building locations.
On Sunday night, West Essex Now reported that PSEG was near that intersection at about 8:40pm, checking on a possible gas leak at a building at 25 Pompton Avenue. The area was investigated and then deemed safe.
"We were just driving by Claremont Avenue on Bloomfield Ave
and the road was buckling in the center lanes.
There were chunks of pavement all over and water was coming up.
People were getting out of their cars to get people to stop.
As we drove by, a bunch of Verona Police
were headed in that direction."
"You should have heard the noise!" commented Sgarlato.
"I work in the building right on the corner of where it happened.
There were two very loud booms, and no fire just some smoke.
It was so loud!"
"It smelled, something was still smoldering.
It must be pretty bad," Foley commented.
"Hopefully, it won't lead to a protracted shut-down."