ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — No injuries are reported after a propane tank on a fiery truck exploded near a Rosemount elementary school.
Rosemount Police Chief Mitch Scott says the tank exploded just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday at a construction site near the city’s downtown.
Students had to shelter in place at the school while their buses were temporarily diverted, but no one was hurt.
Scott says a police officer noticed a parked, unoccupied truck carrying propane tanks on fire. One of the tanks then exploded.
There was no damage to any nearby buildings. The State Patrol briefly closed Highway 3 at the Rosemount Fire Department’s request, but the road is now open.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tom Idstrom, the principal at nearby Rosemount Elementary School, said school officials heard the explosion and saw smoke about a mile away. Students were instructed to go into “shelter in place,” which is part of their emergency preparedness plan.
Idstrom said students were cleared to leave for the day about 40 minutes later than normal. Nobody was hurt.
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