Updated: 11:27pm Tuesday
Bloomfield Avenue was opened as of 11:25pm; Claremont Avenue between Valley Road and Noth Mountain Avenue remains closed.
VERONA, NJ - The Verona Police and Verona Fire Department arrived at the scene of Bloomfield Avenue and Sunset Avenue at about 5:35pm after a manhole cover apparently exploded. Bloomfield Avenue was closed for the rest of the evening from Pompton Avenue to Valley Road in Montclair.
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.
A West Essex Now reader was on the scene as it occurred and described the pandemonium the drivers at the intersection experienced:
"We were just driving by Claremont Avenue on Bloomfield Ave
Darlene Rizio Sgarlato works in the area and recalled the loud explosion let off smoke right afterwards.
"You should have heard the noise!" commented Sgarlato.
John Paul Foley, of Roseland, was in the area at about 9:07pm.
"It smelled, something was still smoldering.