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A transformer fire broke out in a manhole at New Jersey's Newark Airport, leading to a partial evacuation.

A transformer fire broke out in a manhole at New Jersey's Newark Airport, leading to a partial evacuation.  (Port Authority)

A fire broke out at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Friday morning, causing a partial evacuation of Terminal C followed by long lines at security.

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An underground transformer led to the fire in a PSE&G manhole near Gate 71, resulting in some terminal and flight interruptions, NJ Advance Media reports.

Due to a fire in a PSE&G manhole fire outside Terminal C, PSE&G has cut power temporarily and the terminal is under back-up generator power. The C-1 wing has been evacuated as a precaution. Fliers should contact United Airlines for info on their flights.

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Social media photos showed long lines to get through security after travelers were allowed back inside the terminal, with wait times of up to an hour. By 2:15 p.m., officials posted on Twitter that lines were starting to move again, but to allow extra time if you’re traveling through Terminal C.

Told there was a fire explosion at Newark airport Terminal c. Had to evacuate. Now floods of people trying to get thru security pic.twitter.com/G4i2uNiPig

— Mia Saini (@miasaini) January 12, 2018

Lines are starting to move along. Please continue to allow extra time at Newark Terminal C Screening. #PAPD #PAPDARFF #ARFF #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #EWRAirport #NewarkAirport #EWR pic.twitter.com/b4alQLlFRd

— Port Authority PBA (@PAPD911) January 12, 2018

The fire was extinguished and no one was injured. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there was no smoke or fire inside the terminal.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox news Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter @Michelleleegant

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