Surprising Cause of North Hollywood Truck Explosion - New York News

Surprising Cause of North Hollywood Truck Explosion

Posted: Updated:
North Hollywood, CA -

(FOX 11 / CNS)  An explosion that rocked a North Hollywood neighborhood occurred when propane leaked from a tank in the cab of a pickup parked behind a house, apparently while a man was inside the vehicle "huffing" the gas in an effort to get high, police said today.The blast occurred about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday in the 11300 block of Miranda Street, shattering windows and prompting a response by a bomb squad, according to Sgt. Mike Kammert of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station.

Authorities determined that the explosion occurred inside the cab of the pickup, which had its roof blown off, and involved a propane tank inside, Kammert said.

On Tuesday night, a man suffering from burns walked into the LAPD's North Hollywood Station and told officers he was in the cab of the truck when some propane leaked from a tank and something sparked the gas, according to LAPD Sgt. Glenn McNeil. The man declined medical treatment.

The Los Angeles Times reported on its website that the man told authorities he was trying to get high by huffing the propane, and the explosion was triggered when he plugged in his cell phone charger.

McNeil declined to confirm the report, but said the man was not arrested and the investigation was continuing. He said the man walked away from the truck after the blast and sat on a lawn about a block away.

  From Hal Eisner:

When I got to Tujunga and Miranda in North Hollywood Julio Lopez couldn't keep his eyes open. Roger Uribe and his sister Samantha Caulderon were just hanging out. Around midnight they heard a loud explosion. Next thing they know police are in the area and telling people they should evacuate their homes. About 100 people did. Anyone who didn't was told the shelter in place. Just in case there was another explosion.

Initially, there were conflicting reports. One officer says propane in a pickup truck in a backyard blew. Another said it wasn't clear if the role of the propane and if this was criminal or accidental. Determine the answer to that, said police at the scene, would be the job of the bomb squad once the sun came up.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:09:22 GMT
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
  • Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:59:22 GMT
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
  • Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:33:53 GMT
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices