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Shipping Container Carrying Boat Explodes on Route 22 in Union

Union Township (Union)


Camp By: Richard L. Smith 

Union Township officials are investigating a truck fire that caused a heavy delay on Route 22 Monday morning.   

According to Union Township Fire Chief Gregory B. Ricciardi, at Approximately 6:05 a.m., firefighters were dispatched for a truck fire in the eastbound lanes.

Chief Ricciardi said upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fully involved shipping container on the back of a tractor.

The container contained a boat that was headed to the port.

Chief Ricciardi said the explosion sent the rear two doors of the container several hundred feet away, with one landing on the Garden State Parkway north on-ramp.  

Police closed Route 22 for the investigation.  

No injuries were reported.