Truck carrying oxygen tanks explodes in LaGrange

Published: Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM EDT
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(Photo credit: Dante Renzulli)
(Photo credit: Dante Renzulli)

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - A truck carrying tanks of flammable gas caught fire and exploded on the streets of LaGrange on Wednesday.

The driver, Otis Jones, says he was first alerted by people on Lafayette Parkway who honked their horns and told him that the back of his truck was on fire.

He had enough time to pull the truck over and get out before his cargo of oxygen tanks went up in flames.

Firefighters had just arrived on scene when the massive explosion occurred.

Jones says he still doesn't know what caused the back of his truck to catch fire.

"I saw the flames, and I said, let me get it out of the middle of the intersection and get it off to the side," says Jones. "I grabbed my fire extinguisher.  It did not work.  And I had it loaded down with fire extinguishers in the back.  When the fire department pulled up, I backed away to get out of their way and it blew.  It blew me down up underneath that sign."

Jones says he was standing about 90 feet away when the force of the blast knocked him down.

He suffered burns, and paramedics checked him out at the scene, but he was not taken to a hospital.

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