Robotic dinosaur catches fire, reduced to skeleton
Leonia, N.J. — A fire has destroyed a 90-foot-long lifelike robotic dinosaur that was set to be part of an exhibit at a New Jersey theme park.
Exhibit creator Guy Gsell tells The Record newspaper the animatronic Argentinosaurus dinosaur was reduced to a charred skeleton Thursday at Overpeck County Park in Leonia.
The Field Station: Dinosaurs exhibit is moving to the park this month after operating in Secaucus since 2012. Its creator says a welder was putting finishing touches on the Argentinosaurus when a spark started the blaze.
The dinosaur was burned to its skeleton. None of the exhibit’s 33 other dinosaurs was damaged.
The exhibit’s creator says the exhibit is still on track to open Memorial Day weekend and he plans to rebuild the Argentinosaurus robot.
Argentinosaurus fossils were discovered in Argentina in the 1980s.