MONTVILLE, NJ – About 12,000 New Jersey residents were without power state-wide Sunday evening following a severe thunderstorm that slashed through the state, Mayor Frank Cooney reported.

About 5,800 residents were without power across the entire township after a lightning bolt hit an electric pole near Millers Lane. The pole caught fire in a stunning display of flames, likely causing the township outage, Cooney said. A brush fire was also ignited at the site. A tree fell down across Changebridge Road, as well.

See the video of the pole fire here:

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Montville Fire Chief Jim Longobardi said the pole fire went out on its own after the circuit shorted.

Power was restored within four to five hours of the 6 p.m. storm.

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