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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The video of a gas explosion destroying a New Jersey home looks like something out of a movie.

You can clearly see the fireball, and then pieces of the house flying in all directions.

Luckily, no one was killed in the explosion, but 15 were injured.

And although these explosions are rare, they're not unheard of.

So what can you do to keep from getting injured or killed in a similar incident?

Laura Roussell, Senior Program Manager with Black Hills Energy, said the first thing you need to do if you smell natural gas is to leave immediately, and leave the door open.

You should grab anyone else in the building, too, and tell them to leave.

Not sure what natural gas smells like?

"The odor of natural gas has been compared to rotten eggs or another distinctive odor," Roussell said.

You can see in the video that debris from the house flies quite a distance. That's why Roussell said you should get far away from your house, then call either 911 or your local gas provider. 

Even if you're unsure if what you smell is natural gas, it's better to be safe than sorry.

"We respond to each and every call as if it were an emergency," she said. "So customers shouldn't hesitate to call because they're unsure."

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