A truck trailer carrying approximately 10,000 pounds (more than 45 kg) of fireworks caught fire on a highway near New Jersey, United States. The incident took place on Sunday (June 26) and gave motorists on the road a chance to enjoy the celebrations just days before US Independence Day on July 4.
The Central Jersey Fire Department said on Twitter that a truckload of hazardous materials was among the crew who came to the scene for help.
Somerset – Bridgewater (Green Knoll) – 287 S 15.4 – Truck Fire – Multiple trailers with 5-10000 pounds of fireworks on fire. Active explosions. Mutual aid and county hazmat on the ground.
— Central JerseyFire (@CJFireBuffs) June 27, 2022
The highway was closed due to the truck fire and the Tanker Task Force was also called on the scene, according to the fire service. Until Monday morning there were kilometers of traffic jams on the road.
The fireworks in the truck lit and exploded in the sky above the vehicle when it caught fire near milepost 15.4 in the Somerset-Bridgewater (Green Knoll) area of 287 S. Highway authorities were informed to close the road and to call for water supplies to extinguish the fire.
According to police, the driver of the truck noticed a burning dolly tire and stopped at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. He later reported burns to his arms.
The cause of the incident is not yet known, police said.
This isn’t the first time a truckload of crackers has caught fire. A similar incident occurred in Ohio last November when a truckload of fireworks went up in flames, sending explosives in all directions. Three people were injured in the incident.
Local media report said an unidentified person threw a large firecracker into the truck, leading to the horrific incident.