Food Truck Explosion: How safe are they?

Tampa, Florida -- Wednesday was Tampa's monthly "Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta," and a shocking video has served as a reminder about how important fire safety checks are for food trucks.

The video shows the shocking explosion of a food truck in Philadelphia, where a dozen people were hurt on Tuesday, including a mother and daughter inside the truck who were seriously injured.

Police say it appears the explosion was caused by a propane tank.

Tampa and Hillsborough County both have regulations in place. One vendor tells us, "You have to have a suppression system, two fire extinguishers... if we have a fire, our gas shuts off automatically."

Fire Marshal Milton Jenkins says, "We also require separation between heating source and propane."

10 News was there as Tampa Fire Officials did their routine inspections: they say they do them every time there's a public event with food trucks.

"The reason we do it, to make sure whatever could go wrong, doesn't go wrong," Jenkins explains.

Officials say Wednesday's inspection was "good, basically safe." Only one issue to report: an expired fire extinguisher.

The fire marshal does admit he is disappointed the inspection wasn't done before the event started; it was done halfway through.

"Because now we have all these people, and if there was an issue we wouldn't find it until now," Jenkins says. He adds they do plan to be out earlier next time.

Outside of special events, Hillsborough County officials routinely inspect food trucks every six months. You can find a list of all the food truck vendors who are approved by the city by calling city hall.

More Information: Tampa's Office of Special Events


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