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Spark From Welder's Torch Destroys Overpeck Park Dinosaur

The foam-rubber dinosaur burned quickly.
The foam-rubber dinosaur burned quickly. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Leonia PD
No other dinosaurs were damaged.
No other dinosaurs were damaged. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Leonia PD
No injuries were reported.
No injuries were reported. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Leonia PD
The exhibit opens Memorial Day weekend.
The exhibit opens Memorial Day weekend. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Leonia PD

LEONIA, N.J. -- A fire ignited by a welder's torch in Overpeck Park in Leonia destroyed the world's largest animatronic dinosaur on Thursday.

The 90-foot-long foam Argentinosaurus was one of 34 dinosaurs in an interactive exhibit, "Field Station: Dinosaurs."

"A welder was working nearby and a spark set it off," Police Capt. Scott Tamagny told Daily Voice.

"No other dinosaurs were affected," Tamagny said, adding that no injuries were reported.

The exhibit, scheduled to open on Memorial Day weekend, found a home in Bergen County after being evicted from Secaucus.

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