Orlando, Florida (WKMG) -- An explosion caused by experimental cooking fuel occurred at a vacant
downtown Orlando warehouse on Thursday, shaking buildings blocks away
and forcing officials to close area roadways.
The blast occurred
around 12:30 p.m. at 47 West Jefferson Street, a former warehouse for
ShowBiz Pizza, near Robinson Street and State. It's not yet known if
the building was occupied at the time of the explosion, but no injuries
Assistant Chief Rich Wales said the explosion was caused by experimental
cooking fuel being made by the owner of the building.
fuel was being stored in a 5-feet-tall cylinder, and there are five
other cylinders inside the damaged building holding similar fuel, said
Wales, who said the other cylinders will be emptied to reduce risk of
It remains unclear if something sparked the explosion or if the tank failed.
from our sister station WKMG Local 6 News showed a wall of the building blown
out, exposing both floors inside with debris scattered into a lot near
some railroad tracks.
The blast was felt blocks way, according to employees in other downtown buildings.
Several people who work downtown took to Twitter to describe the incident.
"OMG big explosion DT just shook my building lord be with these folks Downtown. #Orlando Idk what just happened," Kennieth Jones tweeted.
a dull moment in Downtown Orlando. Yesterday was five accidents, today
an explosion. Probably the scariest thing I've ever felt/seen," tweeted
There are several road closures in the area.