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Parvin State Park Reopening After Deadly Storm

A state park in southern New Jersey is set to reopen fully on Friday, more than three months after a freak storm swept through the site and killed two boys.

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The reopening of Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove was announced Wednesday by state Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

The park was closed after a strong late June storm — known as a derecho with 80 mph winds — uprooted healthy trees. One pine tree fell on a tent and killed two boys, ages 2 and 7.

Some areas reopened in late July, but the rest of the park was not ready yet.

Officials say they had to remove more than 2,000 storm-damaged trees and trim another 1,500 hazard branches.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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