HARRISON TWP. – An explosion at a commercial welding site left one person dead after an explosion on June 15. The explosion tore off a section of the building’s roof, and could be felt by surrounding homes and businesses.

At approximately 10:40 a.m., the Harrison Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to Timberlane Welding, 413 Swedesboro Road (Route 322), Mullica Hill, for a report of a loud explosion. According to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, upon arrival, a victim was located on the Timberlane property, deceased as a result of the blast. 

The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Bruce A. Cheeseman of Cedarville, New Jersey.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Harrison Township Police Department. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives are also assisting with the investigation. 

Anyone with additional information relevant to this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Eric Bailey of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-384-5685, or D/Sgt. Andrew Thomas of the Harrison Township Police Department, at 856-478-6839.

Information can also be e-mailed to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at tips@co.gloucester.nj.us.

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