An explosion this morning in Pittston Township, Pa. occurred when a tanker truck holding 3,500 gallons of liquid propane burst into flames. The explosion at Modern Gas Sales on Glendale Road prompted first responders to issue an all call for available Luzerne County medics and EMS agencies to respond to the scene.
Two Moden Gas employees were working on the truck when the explosion occurred. One, who suffered burn injuries and was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton and then transferred to the burn unit at the Lehiehigh Vally Hospital in Allentown, is in critical condition. The other was treated and released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
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Luzerne County firefighters responded to a 10:30 call this morning about an explosion and fire with injuries. When they arrived on scene and saw a dense column of black smoke billowing into the air, they called for all available emergency responders to report to the scene.
Police evacuated the area as firefighters battled the blaze which eventually destroyed two tankers and damaged a third. Witnesses described a loud boom that shook the ground followed by a series of smaller booms. Flames that shot 70 feet into the air could be seen for miles.
State police are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine the cause of the fire.
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