The massive fire that destroyed several blocks of the beloved Seaside Park boardwalk in New Jersey last week was caused by faulty electrical wiring, officials announced Tuesday.
A task force of investigators that included state and local fire marshals, county prosecutors, and local police made the determination after examining debris, mapping electric currents at the time of the fire, and examining possible financial motives.
“This was not an intentional fire,” Ocean County prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.
Investigators determined that the fire began behind a candy shop, below a “very, very old” section on the southern end of the boardwalk.
The wiring there, which investigators believe was installed after 1970, was completely inaccessible and had been submerged in saltwater and sand during Superstorm Sandy, officials said.