Tense moments unfolded near Ocean County College in Toms River this morning, when an SUV erupted in flames.

Remnants of a car fire in Toms River (Toms River PD)

Police say township resident Carol Laconte noticed smoke starting to billow out of her 2003 Kia Sedona as she drove northbound on Hooper Avenue near College Drive.

She pulled over immediately, the car ignited, and members of the Silverton Fire Company tamped down the flames, police said.

Toms River Patrolman Austin Pelka and members of the township's Bureau of Fire Prevention believe that the fire had its origin in the Kia's electrical system, police said.