Bucks County Herald

Unexplained explosion rocks Upper Bucks

BARRIE-JOHN MURPHY

An early-morning explosion Sunday has left Upper Bucks residents rattled and seeking answers.

The blast occurred at about 3:35 a.m. and is believed to have originated in the area of Lonely Cottage Road in Nockamixon Township.

“It was one hell of an explosion,” said Nockamixon resident Nick Zangli, who lives around the corner from a 4-foot wide by 1-foot deep cavity, which he attributes to the blast. Zangli said he saw nothing in the hole, which was filled with water because of heavy rain over the weekend. State Police came out Monday to investigate the hole but did not respond to a request for comment.

The blast was so powerful it shook many homes; it was felt as far north as Riegelsville, and as far south as Point Pleasant, according to Jonathan Conard, a resident there.

The area is earthquake prone; a 2003 quake centered in Milford, N.J., shook residences and caused minor damage, but the United States Geological Survey reported no seismic activity in northeastern Bucks or western New Jersey on its website. Other theories put forth on Facebook ranged from an errant meteor to a meth lab to a sonic boom.

Several residents called the police in Dublin on Sunday to report the loud explosion.

Similar nighttime blasts have been heard in recent weeks in Springfield, Richland and Milford townships. The cause of those blasts, and whether they are related to Sunday’s explosion, has yet to be determined.

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