Police: Leak, grill heat caused food truck blast - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Police: Leak, grill heat caused food truck blast

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A "significant" propane tank leak on a food truck created a vapor cloud that was ignited by cooking grills, causing a fiery explosion that critically injured five people, police said Wednesday.

A transit police officer who rushed to the scene immediately following the explosion late Tuesday afternoon found multiple victims lying in the street, including at least one who was on fire, police said in a statement.

Thirteen people were taken to the hospital by police and firefighters. Five remained in critical condition Wednesday -- the truck's owner, her daughter, two other relatives and a 23-year-old man.

Officials say the La Parrillada Chapina truck was licensed to operate in the Feltonville neighborhood of north Philadelphia and was open for business at the time of the explosion.

The 25-foot truck carried two 100-pound propane tanks to fuel its grills. Both tanks were full and one was in use at the time of the explosion. Investigators believe the leak occurred in the other tank, which was later found 95 feet from the truck, police said.

"A propane vapor cloud ... enveloped the truck finding an ignition source at the grills inside the truck causing an explosion and fireball to envelop the entire street," the statement says.

Surveillance video from two businesses captured the explosion, followed by a huge fireball that engulfed the truck and set a utility pole on fire. Two cars driving by the explosion also were briefly engulfed.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Philadelphia police detectives and the city fire marshal's office were continuing to investigate whether foul play was involved, police said.


  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:34:56 GMT
    An Iraqi lawmaker says residents of a minority Shiite town besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to the military to help end the siege.[more]
    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the...[more]
  • Hamas: Military chief not present at Gaza strike

    Hamas: Military chief not present at Gaza strike

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:25:03 GMT
    Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.[more]
    A Hamas spokesman says the group's elusive military chief was not present during an Israeli strike on a Gaza Strip house that killed his wife and son.[more]
  • Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

    Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:55 GMT
    Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...[more]
    Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.