Toddler killed in Long Island house explosion

While it's unclear what caused the fatal blast, propane tanks were found at the home.

A toddler child was killed and 14 other people were injured when a home exploded late this morning in Brentwood, Long Island.

The home, located at 12 Prospect Drive, exploded in a blast at 11:55 a.m. today, Suffolk County police told Metro. The blast, the cause of which is still unknown, was so powerful that it was felt throughout the whole neighborhood, and badly damaged several other homes on the block.

“I never heard such a horrific boom, I thought a bomb exploded,” said Ida Gibaldi, who lives on Eastern Avenue, less than 300 yards from 12 Prospect Drive. “I thought my house was coming off the foundation. I called 911 and told them, ‘I think a bomb exploded.’”

Gibaldi, 79, said her 55-year-old son immediately rushed outside and ran down the block to help.

“He came across the house blown to bits, the house was just in splinters,” she said. “That’s when he saw a man covered in blood, his clothes were ripped and burned. You never saw such a deadpan expression.”

“And a woman, I think it was the child’s mother, ran out of the house, carrying the baby. She was screaming, ‘My baby! My baby!’ He saw them carrying the baby into a police car.”

“She was screaming for her baby’s life,” said Gibaldi. “It’s so sad.”

The 18-month-old boy lived in the home. He was rushed to the hospital, but later died.

Rescue workers pulled six other injured adults from the rubble, police said, and rushed them to local hospitals. Three of them were injured seriously. Four of the adults and the toddler lived in the home. The other two adults, one of whom may have been a plumber, were working on the home at the time.

Five police officers were treated for inhalation and two firefighters were also injured in responding. One additional person, a neighbor, also suffered minor injuries.

According to Newsday, a spokeswoman for National Grid said the home was not supplied with natural gas. However, there were two 200-pound propane tanks outside the house at the time of the explosion.

The home was completely leveled in the explosion, and investigators have not yet determined what caused the blast. Fire officials are investigating whether the explosion was gas related, according to Newsday.

Neighbors who rushed in said they could smell the strong odor of gas.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.