Explosion from CNG-fueled truck damages homes, vehicles

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Updated Dec 14, 2018

An explosion from a Waste Management truck powered by compressed natural gas damaged nearby homes and vehicles Tuesday in Fall River, Mass.

No injuries were reported. The fire started in the cab and spread to the back of the truck, according to heraldnews.com. The truck’s automated emergency braking system engaged during the fire causing the vehicle to stop in the middle of the street. A car and pickup caught fire nearby and the explosion blew out the windows of several homes.

The 2014 truck, valued at $200,000, is a total loss.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the CNG tanks had exploded. We regret the error. A stop gap system vented the gas during the fire releasing a large fireball and shock wave that blew out nearby windows.