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Fire Department Takes Closer Look at Food Trucks After Philly Explosion

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
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File photo of a food truck. Photo: Thinkstock

File photo of a food truck. Photo: Thinkstock

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Fire Department is taking a closer look at the safety of food trucks, after a food truck explosion earlier this month in Philadelphia injured more than a dozen people.

The fireball from the propane tank explosion on that Philadelphia food truck shot across a busy street, burning passersby and sending 13 people to the hospital.

In St. Louis, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkierson says there are more than 30 food trucks to keep track of and inspect.

“When we see them in the park gathered for these Food Truck Fridays, we still walk around and make sure that things are secured and things are put on right, because there’s always a human error factor,” he says. “These tanks are taken off, they’re loaded, they’re reloaded, so there’s always a chance that something could be connected wrong.”

Jenkerson admits the food trucks are not inspected daily, and because they are mobile keeping track of them all presents a challenge.

But the fire chief says there are spots checks, especially when several are lined up together.

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