Container Explosion Rocks Port of LA
A container explosion at the Port of LA has destroyed an 18-wheeler truck and damaged several nearby buildings and vehicles, according to multiple media reports and the LA Fire Department (LAFD).
The explosion took place on April 15, 2019, at precisely 09:57 a.m. near a warehouse at the west end of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and shattered several windows in an adjacent apartment building.
According to the LAFD, there were no serious injuries but the driver of the truck in question was checked by paramedics.
Update #Explosion; INC#0505; 10:28AM; 661 N Harbor Bl; https://t.co/gF6AioRGSi; #SanPedro; Address remains tentative; No injuries, including person (adult male driver of truck?) earlier evaluated by LAFD Paramedics; Fire ... https://t.co/fHZ7QZiAT1— LAFD (@LAFD) April 15, 2019
The container at the center of the blast was loaded with four vehicles, which were bound for export and preliminary investigation by the LAFD showed that it was an accidental explosion caused by flammable fuel.
There was a similar container explosion at the Port of LA, in October 2018, when a large-scale evacuation after an Evergreen box carrying scrap metals blew up.
Port Technology reported on that story and will continue to post updates to yesterday’s rig explosion as it develops.