Viral video: Truck carrying over 4,500 kg of fireworks catches fire, lights up sky over New Jersey highway
A truck carrying large amounts of fireworks caught fire on an interstate highway in New Jersey, USA | Picture courtesy: Twitter Photo : Twitter
- The southbound lanes on the Interstate Highway 287 remained closed until late morning on June 27.
- No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- A now-viral video recorded by a driver shows a colourful, explosive display of fireworks ignited by the blaze.
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The fire is said to have spread quickly to ignite the in-transit fireworks. Drivers stuck behind the truck on the southbound lanes filmed the thousands of kgs of fireworks going off and lighting up the night sky as they waited for the traffic to clear.Watch the viral video
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However, the hold-up lasted way too long for anyone's liking as not a single lane opened up until 5 am.
It was only by 8 am Monday that two lanes started moving while traffic remained heavy, according to officials. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no injuries were reported. The New Jersey incident was not a one-off case of fire on a truck igniting fireworks.
In November last year, a U-Haul truck carrying fireworks in the state of Ohio went up in flames and sent the explosives in all directions, injuring three people.
An unidentified person is said to have thrown a large firecracker into the truck.