HARDYSTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A column of flames was shooting into the air along a Sussex County, New Jersey road Thursday evening, after lightning struck a gas main and live wires.

Lightning hit the 12-inch gas main and the underground wires on New Jersey Route 94 in Hardyston Township around 6 p.m. as storms passed through the area late Thursday, according to the township fire department. The scene is located near the Cava Winery.

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The fire went on burning for hours because the township gas company took some time to arrive to turn off the gas, fire officials said. By 10:35 p.m., the fire was finally out.

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Some residents in Hardyston and Hamburg lost power, officials said.

As of just before 10 p.m., JCP&L reported 75 customers without power in Hamburg and 253 in Hardyston.

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Route 94 was shut down in both directions at Highway 23, Hardyston Township police said. Roads were not expected to reopen until sometime Friday morning.