Sound of Gas Leaks Spreads Fear in New Jersey Towns

Fires rage on island of Mantoloking, N.J., a town already severely devastated by superstorm Sandy.
3:00 | 10/31/12

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And tonight, we have breaking news from the storm zone. Look at this. New scenes of utter devastation. Thousands of people still stranded and at this hour, rescuers still scrambling to pull families out of harm's way. Also tonight, a new terror. Can you see that in the water? The bubbling up? That geyser is flammable gas spewing out of a pipe and it's happening all across one town. A single spark could ignite everything. And the people there can hear the hissing sound as it leaks. Listen. abc's terry moran spent the day in that town and he's standing by with the very latest for us right now. Terry? Reporter: Diane, this is what you see throughout the jersey shore right now. Homes just rippled right off their foundations. This was someone's living room. There's a kitchen back there, a bathroom over here. But look down here. None of the infrastructure of the house is left. It's somewhere else. And that is why the real threat here right up and down the shore is what you can't see. Fires rage in the town of mantoloking on the jersey shore early this morng, fueled by natural gas. It is a harbinger of a worst-case scenario here -- a potential disaster after the disaster. You can hear the gas. You can smell the gas. Everywhere you go, you hear "shh", just all the open gas lines going. Just scared to death. Reporter: Do you hear that? That is the sound that everyone left in this town is faring the most. It is a hng gas main. Street after street. You can smell it in the air. And fire officials are concerned that these towns are basically ticking time bombs. Everywhere we went along the jersey shore today, in town after town, the air was filled with this hissing menace. If the wind shifts, it's going to get into the crawl space, god forbid a spark. Reporter: In the town of ortley beach, frank mazzo is worried and getting angry. Have you called the gas company about this? Five times. Reporter: And their response? They'll get there as soon as they can. Reporter: You can actually see the gas pouring out. It ruptured monday night. I don't know why there's not more trucks here right now. I mean, this is where we took the main shot. This is it, like, where are all the gas trucks? You got down the block, we got down the block, why can't we get gas trucks down the block? Reporter: We saw fleets of earthmovers clearing streets choked with acres of sand. And search and rescue teams continue to take the stranded to safety. But only a handful of gas crews as the air fills with the makings of another catastrophe. Abc news has reach md out to new jersey natural gas, that's the utility company company and received the following response. "This is no imminent danger to life or property." The people here would disagree.

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