Explosion Rocks Dental Office In Newark After Car Strikes Gas Line

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Police say it began as a simple accident, but ended with a business heavily damaged.

A car hit a gas line outside of Newark Family Dentistry Monday morning on Main Street in Newark.

Patients at the dentist office cleared out just in time, including Ryan Drumm's mom. 

“She was in here getting her teeth cleaned. She heard a boom, (but) they didn't think anything of it because the weather is so bad. They figured it was just thunder,” Drumm recalls.

When a nurse smelled gas, patients and staff were evacuated.

The driver involved in the crash tells 10TV she is okay.

Newark firefighters say the female driver struck a gas meter outside of the dental office that lead to a backup of gas that filled the building.  Seconds later, it exploded, blowing bricks and metal from the building into the air.

Seth Sayers lives across the street and felt the rattle. He says it was such a violent noise he was sure someone had smacked into his building.  “At first when I came out, you just (saw) a little smoke, but it went up in flames pretty quick, probably got up to 30 feet in the back of the building.”

The front of the dental office, as well as the roof, was also damaged in the blast.

It’s unclear when the office will reopen.