Garbage truck fueled by natural gas explodes

Black clouds of smoke spewed from the truck's engine before it was engulfed entirely by smoke. (AP)

Authorities say no one was injured when a garbage truck fueled by natural gas exploded "like a missile" in New Jersey.

Tuesday's blast in Hamilton damaged four homes.

One of the truck's four natural gas tanks blasted a hole in a nearby home and debris tore a hole in the roof of a neighboring home. Windows were broken and the siding melted on two other houses.

Police say the truck's operators evacuated the vehicle when they saw smoke coming into the cab.

Officials are trying to determine what caused the fire and explosion.

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