Compressed gas explosion critically injures man, causes destructive fire

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Updated Apr 6, 2016

A compressed gas explosion critically injured a man Monday in Pikesville, Maryland.

Maryland Transit Administration employee David J. Kotofski was moving items from his personal vehicle to a work truck in the parking lot of a maintenance facility when compressed gas cylinders in the back of his SUV exploded and caused severe injuries to his head, chest and hands, according to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

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Kotofski, 64, was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in critical condition Monday, according to the

Nine vehicles in the parking lot were burned as a result from a fire started by the explosion.

HWT note: An earlier version of the story stated that CNG tanks had exploded. The Office of the State Fire Marshall in Maryland clarified that the tanks were filled with compressed gas–not compressed natural gas. Also, the Associated Press states that Kotofski was moving personal items from his truck when the explosion occurred. The fire marshall’s office stated that it was an SUV.