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NJ State Police officials are investigating a truck fire that caused significant delays on a highway in Somerset County on Sunday night.
According to preliminary investigation, Green Knolls Fire Department was on the scene of a tractor-trailer fire carrying a large amount of fireworks and hazardous materials at mile marker 15.4 on Interstate 287 southbound around 10:40 p.m.
Crews arrived and found fireworks exploding inside the trailer, but the driver managed to escape the ferocious blaze.
Officials said State Troopers shut down I-287 while county hazmat crews and firefighters operated at the scene.
The NJ Department of Transportation expects the incident to cause delays for the early morning commute.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.