Published September 12, 2013
After being slammed by Superstorm Sandy last October, Seaside Park, N.J., went up in flames on Thursday afternoon.
The city's boardwalk erupted in flames around 2:30 p.m., local time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation; however, there were thunderstorms in the area around the time that the fire began.
While there have been no reports of lightning strikes in the immediate area, it is possible that a strike could have contributed to the start of the fire. There were strikes in the area's vicinity around that time.
"Lightning strikes along the coast are harder to get an accurate fix on," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "There are not as many detection apparatuses along the coast."
The blaze has engulfed portions of the boardwalk that were recently rebuilt around Memorial Day after Sandy wreaked havoc on the boardwalk last fall.
Seaside Park is infamously known for the image of the boardwalk's roller coaster in the ocean after Sandy hit the New Jersey coast last year.
Portions of the boardwalk were removed in an attempt to keep the fire contained, but the fire spread to neighboring Seaside Heights, according to The Associated Press.
There are no injuries being reported at this time.