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LEONIA, N.J. — The largest moving dinosaur model in the world burst into flames at a New Jersey amusement park Thursday, about two weeks before the park was set to open in a new location.

"Today we were working on the dinosaurs and we had some welding that had to get done," said Guy Gsell, Field Station Dinosaur Park’s executive producer. "Welding can be dangerous and we got an errant spark."

The blaze broke out about 1 p.m. at the back of Overpeck Park just off of Fort Lee Road in Leonia, the park's new home, police said. Previously, the amusements were located in Secaucus.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze that ripped through one of the dinosaur sculptures, which towered over the first responders. But it was too late. All that remained was the argentinosaurus' metal skeleton.

"He's a goner. He's extinct," Gsell said.

Officers with the Leonia Police Department shared photos of the unusual scene on Twitter.

"Report of a dinosaur on fire today. That was definitely a first for us," the department tweeted. "Sadly the dinosaur did not survive."

No one got hurt and nearby dinosaurs were unscathed by the flames.

The park’s new location is still set to open on Memorial Day weekend.

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