At 10:13 a.m., Friday Morning February 21, 2003, an Explosion rocked the town of Sewaren. Everyone (who wasn't in a deep sleep) said that their houses shook like anything. The senior Men who sit down by the bay every morning were jolted And thrown to the ground. Several homes received damage from broken glass. Thankfully, No one was injured, at least on the New Jersey side. "But what was it that blew up?" many wondered. For many, it was another tank at Shell, possibly Hess, or worse - Another terrorist attack. Across the Arthur Kill a Barge in the middle of loading gasoline at the Mobil Depot blew up and caught fire. Hours after the explosion, the United States coast guard, which monitors the waterway by camera since 9/11, introduced Video footage taken from the PSE&G smokestack. The Video showed a very massive Explosion that appeared to reach across to NJ.
The one Barge exploded, while another one caught fire. Two workers from Bouchard CO, The Barge's owner were missing, but found dead. A worker for Exxon/Mobil was also severely burned. The Fire lasted well over two days. At this time, Cleanup crews from Atlantic Response, Clean Venture, & Ken's Marine service are working on the aftermath.