UPDATE: Six Injured in Propane Tank Explosion in North St. Louis

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – OSHA investigators are responding to the scene of last night’s propane explosion in north St. Louis.

Six workers were injuredone critically and three others seriously enough to require hospital treatmentwhen propane from a leaking tank ignited after someone started up a forklift at the Saia truck plant on Hall Street.

St. Louis fire spokesman Captain Garon Mosby says the workers had just replaced the leaking propane tank with a new one, but gas from the leak still lingered in the air.

“Someone thought it was a good idea to try to start the fork lift, so basically after leaking for about 10 minutes, you have a cloud of propane vapors,” he says.

In addition to OSHA, the Fire Marshal’s office will also send an investigator to look into the circumstances surrounding the blast.

No names have been released.

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