Caught on Cam: Massive Fuel Tank Blast

Published 06/16 2014 10:18AM

Updated 06/16 2014 10:23AM

(KSL) Roadblocks may be inconvenient when a fire seems so far away, but law enforcement and firefighters know there are potential dangers that can arise.

The Utah Highway Patrol shared a cell phone video showing a 500-pound propane tank that exploded near Bear River in Box Elder County.

A quarter of a mile away, dashcam video from a trooper's car shows a piece of metal from that same propane tank landing next to the patrol car.

The piece of metal that flew into the air for a quarter of a mile weighed 50- pounds.

"If my trooper had not moved into his car, it's likely he would have been seriously injured," UHP Lt. Lee Perry said.

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