March 25, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On March 25, 2021 at approximately 8:02 AM, Hamilton Police and Hamilton Fire were dispatched to the 100 block of Route 206 on a report of vehicle that exploded in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Officers were notified that one person was injured and already taken to the hospital by ambulance. An investigation was conducted by the Hamilton Fire Marshal, Hamilton Police, and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and it was found that an acetylene tank was inside the vehicle and had leaked into the compartment area. When the vehicle’s ignition was engaged the spark caused the gas to ignite causing extensive damage to the vehicle. The injured party was treated and released from the hospital.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.
A similar incident happened in Upper Freehold Township, NJ Monmouth County on September 30, 2020 when a passenger vehicle exploded on I-195 East Bound leaving a man in critical condition. Sources said that the cause was from an acetylene tank being transported that leaked. Once the leaking acetylene found an ignition source an explosion occurred inside the moving vehicle.