Food truck explodes in driveway of Minnesota home, blast is heard 6 miles away

A food truck exploded in the driveway of a home in Lakeville, Minn. Friday night with a blast felt nearly 6 miles away from the scene. About 20 homes received minor damage, and residents of the home suffered minor injuries.

"The blast was felt as far away as Farmington," John Kornmann, Lakeville Deputy Chief, said.

The loud boom erupted on the 16500 block of Joplin Path around 11 p.m., causing windows and garages to be broken in. The home where the 'Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill food truck' was parked suffered significant damage.

"We were watching TV, my kids had just gone to sleep and it sounded like a bomb went off," Jason Anderson, a neighbor, said. "Honest to goodness, everything off the wall in our house, windows broken, we came outside and I thought our house went out, and then we realized it was the food truck."

Anderson said it's a good thing it happened around 11 p.m. when the neighborhood is not so busy with kids running around, "It's lucky no one was hurt seriously, or even killed," he said.

"I heard a big explosion coming out of my home and it sounded like a car had crashed into my house," Calvin Frost, a neighbor, said. "It was a huge noise, I've never heard anything like it, it was truly crazy."

Frost said he's seen that same food truck in the neighborhood before and believes the owner lives at the home. Lakeville police said the truck has been in business for several years with no reported problems in the past.

"It was right at the end of the Lakeville North hockey game," Lakeville Deputy Chief Kornmann said. "Sort of the last thing we expected to happen on this Friday night."

Neighbors described the scene as looking like a plane crash or a bad car wreck with debris everywhere.

"We even have chunks of metal impaled into our trees," Anderson said. "Half the front porch is gone."
A gas company on scene confirmed there were no other gas sources that may have caused the explosion, but exact cause of the explosion is still yet to be determined.  Police suspect the blast was related to a propane tank on the truck.

The Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill posted a message to their Facebook fans Saturday:

A go fund me page has been set up to help the family.

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