Newcastle, WA – Police are investigating after a burning pickup truck loaded with gas canisters set off a series of explosions that turned a quiet Newcastle neighborhood into a war zone Wednesday evening.
The drama unfolded when the pickup pulled onto Southeast 84th Street with flames billowing from it, then stopped. The driver apparently jumped out and ran.
Second later, as residents called 911, compressed gas cylinders in the bed of the pickup began exploding and at least two of them shot through the air like flying missiles. The force of the blasts
also blew off the truck’s tailgate and sent it airborne.
One cylinder wiped out a deck at the side of a nearby home, and another ignited a brush fire in a neighbor’s yard that quickly spread to a large cedar tree and two nearby vehicles parked along the street.
“It shot the fire and shot the cylinders all over,” said the homeowner who lost his deck. “It started a big tree on fire … my Mustang and utility trailer were burnt. … It’s pretty crazy.”
Another neighbor said he had to take cover as gas canisters and debris shot through the air like shells in a war zone.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he said.
Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and doused flames that had broken out on both sides of the street.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Police are still looking for the driver of the pickup as the investigation continues.
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When Gas Cylinders Explode – Massive Truck Fire Causes Chaos In Neighborhood