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Propane blast hospitalizes man in Coachella

Sunday, April 22, 2012
A truck is seen on fire after propane tanks in the truck bed leaked and caused an explosion in Coachella on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

A truck is seen on fire after propane tanks in the truck bed leaked and caused an explosion in Coachella on Saturday, April 21, 2012. (KABC Photo)

An explosion in the back of a truck sent one man to the hospital in the Coachella Valley.

Authorities said the extreme desert heat forced two propane tanks in the man's truck bed to leak. That combined with static electricity caused a huge explosion.

The driver of the truck was hospitalized, while his three passengers escaped uninjured. More than a dozen people at a nearby McDonald's were evacuated.

Fire officials are warning people to be very careful if transporting propane on extremely hot days.

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