Iowa town evacuated after petroleum tanker truck explodes

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 08, 2011 12:13 PM
Iowa town evacuated after petroleum tanker truck explodes

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - A small town in Iowa was evacuated on Friday after a petroleum tanker truck exploded just outside town, sending a plume of smoke so large that fire crews were not immediately able to get to the scene.

A reporter for KBIZ radio at the scene said people in a quarter-mile radius around the blast site in the town of 300 people were evacuated.

The driver of the truck was injured and taken from the scene but no other injuries were reported.

Nearly two hours after the initial explosion there were three additional blasts.

"It was almost like a bomb had been dropped on Blakesburg this morning after those explosions," said Mike Buchanan, news director for KBIZ.

Authorities were concerned that some fuel storage tanks are near the scene of the explosions and fire.

(Reporting by Kay Henderson; Writing by Greg McCune; Editing by Mary Wisniewski)