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Is this a normal occurance, or does this mean there could be other issues than just the element needing to be replaced?
This is one way that thje element can fail.
If you mean that "other issues" is that something else cause this then the answer is no, it is just one way an element can fail.
If you mean that this failure could cause other problems then the answer is yes. When things arc and spark in an oven the control board can get damaged.
Is the control board still on or have you killed power to the unit?