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Propane tank explodes in Boise, sends one to hospital

The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.
Credit: Boise Fire Dept.

BOISE, Idaho — A propane tank in the back of a pickup truck exploded in Boise on Monday. The incident injured one person.

The Boise Fire Department responded to a hazmat situation on the 4900 block of West Fairview Avenue in Boise at approximately 3:30 p.m. where a propane tank sitting in the back of a truck exploded.

When crews arrived, they discovered a second cylinder in the back of the truck that also sustained damage, according to Boise Fire Division Chief Steve Rasulo.

One person was hurt in the explosion. The person initially refused treatment but later started to not feel well and was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

"Due to the other tank having some damage and leaking, our hazmat team came in and determined that we needed to take that problem away, so they're doing a technique that's called flaring," Rasulo explained. "So they've basically attached a line to that damaged tank and are burning that tank off to mitigate all the propane that's in the tank."

Rasulo said propane has a tendency to create quite a bit of damage, but only one vehicle was damaged. The pickup truck was ultimately totaled.

The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.

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