VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A truck exploded Tuesday morning near Carolanne Farms Park in Virginia Beach.
Battalion Chief Jack Crandall with the Virginia Beach Fire Department told WAVY.com the work truck was carrying acetylene tanks which leaked overnight. When the hit the remote start using the key fob, the truck exploded. Officials say the incident appears to be accidental.
No one was injured, including the truck's owner who was outside at the time.
"I'm fine, but I have to wait until the investigation is done [to talk]," said Dave Schleicher, the truck's owner.
Schleicher and his family cleaned up debris outside their home in the 300 block of Gainsborough Road most of the morning. Some larger pieces of debris were found as far as 200 yards away.
"To see that was just a shock," said Chelsea Cerrillo, who found a piece of a windshield in her backyard. "Some of the neighbors said pictures and stuff had fallen off the walls and stuff had broken in their house. It was bad."
Workers hired to tow the trucks said the clean up was one of the biggest jobs they have had in quite some time.
"It's like a rollover because of all the fire damage to clean up," said one worker. "It's almost bigger than an accident on the interstate."
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