PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An investigation is underway to determine what caused a propane tank on a food truck in north Philadelphia to explode into a fireball yesterday, critically injuring a mother and daughter who worked in the truck and sending at least nine others to the hospital.
The truck has been towed away to be examined by investigators. The city's fire department, along with police detectives and the bomb squad, are investigating. Police say they want to make sure it "wasn't anything criminal."
Five of the injured are still hospitalized, including the 42-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter who were in the truck.
Surveillance video from two nearby businesses captured the explosion, followed by a huge fireball that engulfed the truck and crossed to the other side of the street.
The propane tank that exploded was found about 150 feet away in a residential backyard.
051-a-09-(unidentified witnesss, in interview)-"it rocked me"-These three people say they saw the food truck explode. COURTESY: KYW TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Jul 2014)
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049-a-04-(Latoya Page, was burned in the fire, in interview)-"out of nowhere"-Latoya Page says she was burned when the food truck exploded. COURTESY: KYW TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Jul 2014)
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APPHOTO PAPHN302: The Philadelphia Police and Fire Department investigate the scene of a food truck explosion in the Northeast section of Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A propane tank on a food truck exploded in Philadelphia Tuesday, sending a huge fireball into the sky and injuring at least 11 people, including two who suffered serious burns, police said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, C.F. Sanchez) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES (1 Jul 2014)
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