Officials: Gas main explosion in NJ town suspected — Flames shooting up from sand, huge fire — 15 miles from nuclear plant — Crews unable to access area (VIDEO)

Published: October 31st, 2012 at 9:04 am ET
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WABC, Oct. 31, 2012 at 7:05a ET:

A huge fire was burning Wednesday morning in a New Jersey shore town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Flames were burning all over the cut-off barrier island of Mantoloking. There was a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it, with some flames shooting directly out of the sand.

Authorities believed a gas main may have exploded and quickly spread across the island. The small town, which sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay, suffered severe damage during the storm.

Several homes were destroyed and continued to burn. It was unclear if the homes were destroyed by the fire or explosion or before it.

Firefighters could not reach the blaze due to storm damage on the roads leading to Mantoloking from the mainland. [...]

Oyster Creek nuclear plant (Green Marker) is 15 miles south of Mantoloking (Red Marker):

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