Gas explosion in New York State neighborhood heightens concern about food truck safety

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on May 11, 2016

The explosion of a food truck caused the loud "boom" heard across LaGrange, New York, Tuesday. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the truck parked outside a home exploded in the early morning hours. LaGrange Fire District Deputy Chief Barry Ward said there is a "high degree of certainty" that the explosion was caused by a propane gas leak within the truck and it was accidental.

Multiple calls from neighboring homes reported a boom that rang across LaGrange for miles. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Department reported that a food prep trailer exploded, partially damaging the house where it was parked. The three occupants left the house without injuries.

There was a gas leak from one of the Food Truck Tip Sheet Image.JPGtrailer's two 100-pound propane tanks, Ward said. Firefighters controlled the leak by shutting off the tank and used meters to check for explosive gas in the
house, as well as thermal imaging cameras to see if there were any potential hidden fires or potential gas vapors in the structure.

Food trucks have been gaining popularity in recent years, and to date. NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code covers the topics of design, construction, installation, and operation of LP-Gas systems including piping, equipment, containers, venting, and highway transportation of LP-Gas. Propane containers and piping installed on vehicles for purposes other than engine fuel, including mobile kitchens, are covered in section 6.24 of the 2014 edition.

NFPA's Fire Safety Tips for Mobile Cooking Operations provides a number of fire prevention tips.