TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. -- A pickup truck crashed into a propane tank, triggering an explosion that sent fireballs a hundred feet into the sky, spread fire to nearby mobile homes and shook buildings miles away.
There were no fatalities in the blasts, said police spokesman Officer Willy Kerin. Seventeen people suffered minor injuries.
"We were just very lucky," Kerin said. "We take it for granted, but He was on our side this evening."
The pickup, parked at a gas station, rolled across the street to the Cortez Gas Co. and struck an 18,000-gallon propane tank about 8 p.m. Sunday, State Police spokeswoman Royleen Ross-Weaver said.
The explosion fueled a blast in a second tank holding 2,000 gallons of the flammable gas, police said.
Whether the truck was occupied when it rolled across the street was not known. Police were seeking the vehicle's owner, who apparently left the scene after the blasts.
Kerin said several minutes elapsed from the time the pickup struck the tank and the first blast, and another several minutes elapsed before the second explosion.
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