Explosion was propane-fueled after forklifts stored in semi trailer overnight

One employee was taken to the hospital, another was injured

An explosion occurred at UPS Freight on 31st Street West in Rock Island on Thursday morning. 

One employee has been taken to the hospital, another was injured and at least one semi truck trailer was severely damaged. 

Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty told Local 4 News that it was a propane-fueled explosion. 

He said semi trailers are used to store forklifts overnight, and he believes propane leaked out of one of the five forklifts overnight somewhere between the tank and the connections. When workers came in to start the semis, it provided the spark to set off the explosion.

A second UPS employee was treated on site. The employee in the hospital has serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The explosion shattered office building glass and ceiling tiles inside.

The fire marshal is still investigating.

Local 4 News talked to someone who was outside while the explosion occurred. 

He said there were no flames, just a loud boom. 


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