A crush of drivers anxiously waiting to fill their gas tanks plugged up traffic on Bloomfield Avenue Thursday, shortly after a gas tanker made a fresh delivery.
Just before 2 p.m., droves of people with red gas cans and cars on empty amassed at the Sunoco station on Bloomfield Avenue. The gas station, located near the Newark border, did not impose a limitation on gas purchases.
Several Bloomfield police officers kept order and directed traffic along Bloomfield Avenue because of the influx of gas-getters.
Besides a mess of downed trees, snapped power lines and widespread power outages, Hurricane Sandy left in her wake a serious gas shortage that could reportedly last a week.
Earlier Thursday, people waited hours, ran out of gas and pushed their cars to fill their tanks at the Exxon on Belleville Avenue in town. The line earlier Thursday snaked almost a mile long to Mill Street.
The station, at 75 Belleville Ave. in Bloomfield, refueled early this morning. As of 11:30 a.m. the Exxon still had over 6,000 gallons, according to a Bloomfield police officer directing traffic into the station.
– Craig McCarthy contributed to this report.
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