Fire broke out Monday at a South Jersey auto body shop sending flames into the morning sky and causing traffic troubles along a busy route.
The blaze at Michael’s Auto Body shop along Route 73 in Cinnaminson caused two lanes of northbound Route 73 to be closed as firefighters tried to douse the flames around 6 a.m.
"There was a massive explosion," said witness Bob Marshall. "It was a ball, like a bomb went off inside -- probably one of the cars."
No one was hurt in the two-alarm blaze, said Burlington County dispatchers
Crews battled the flames as heavy smoke rose into the air. Witnesses said they could see the smoke on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.
The fire scene was on the roadway leading up to the Tacony-Palmyra and Betsy Ross bridges, causing traffic issues through the morning rush.
Firefighters had the blaze under control and out by 7:45 a.m., said dispatchers.
Investigators blocked off the parking lot leading to the body shop as they searched for a cause midday Monday.